Have you ever felt like an act of service was below your dignity or station in life? Certainly this is how the apostles felt when they had gathered together for the evening meal (likely the Passover) and there was no servant there to wash their feet. If it were not for Jesus, they would have reclined at the table with the dirt and filth of the Jerusalem streets on their feet -- a social taboo.
Jesus taught by His example that the pathway to greatness starts with service. And so He wrapped a towel around His waist, poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet. Let us remember that "no servant is greater than his master" (John 13:16). Certainly we are not "more dignified" than Jesus. Also, the "first will be last" and the "last will be first" (Matthew 19:30). And "whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant" (Matthew 20:26).