In Bible times, after walking the dusty roads, the lowest ranking servant washed the guest’s feet in the host’s house. After washing His disciple’s feet as a symbol of humility and love, Jesus said, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you” (Jn 13:4-17). Meeting the needs of others by such practical blessing was one of the ‘love’ qualities that was looked for in members of the NT church (1 Tim 5:10).
Do I see needs and meet them if appropriate?
in need you are in reality failing to do so for me (Mt 25:35-45). In doing such works of service, we are not to show favouritism by differentiating because of people’s positions or attributes (Jas 2:1-3).
See also: favouritism, feet, hospitality, humility, servant/serving.