Wives and mothers frequently voice a command, “Wipe your feet, before coming in!” It takes only one time of neglect to follow her instructions and a beautiful waxed floor or steam-cleaned carpet instantly reveals dirty footprints. It may be a nuisance to take the extra time to wipe our feet before entering a house but we should remove the dirt of the day as a common courtesy. Wipe your feet before coming inside the house.
Jesus wiped the feet of His disciples. “Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded (John 13:5 RSV).” It was a menial job on the “to do list” of a common slave; as servants of the savior they should have humbled themselves and offered to wash his feet. Instead, the awe struck assembly saw him not only wash their feet but also tenderly wipe them dry.