Food For Thought!
Peter was emphatic when he told Jesus not to wash his feet. I mean it was his Lord, the most powerful person in the was universe stooping in the front of him. He couldn't let that happen.
It was too demeaning and against everything he ever knew about authority and leadership.
Leaders don't bow to anyone or even worse...wash their feet!
Such is the mind of pride and arrogance. It desires worship but gives nothing in return. It wants accolades and praises but refuses to truly acknowledge or empower those who do. And, of course, it's too demeaning and a disgrace to entertain the idea of serving others. Many marriages, nations, families, and the workplace suffer because of this ungodly mindset.
You see, the true purpose of authority is...to serve.
Love and service should always be the driving force behind authority. In Peter's corrupt understanding of authority, he saw authority as domination, control, and subjugating others.
So, he could never allow his master to wash his feet! Never!!
Sad! Even though the Lord was in his presence. He could touch Jesus, he didn't understand him. Only very insecure people shun and abhor service to others.
Nothing is wrong with washing the dishes for the wife you love.
Nothing wrong with having care and concern for one's employees, and a leader of a country should feel a deep sense of service to his people and country.
"But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of ou will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." (Mark 10:42-45)