Dirty Feet

John 13:2-15 New Living Translation (NLT)

It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas,[a] son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.

When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”

“No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!”

Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”

Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”

10 Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet,[b] to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.” 11 For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

12 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.

After a long day of ministry, it was time to sit at the table and eat. Judas had already been prompted by the devil to betray Jesus. And Peter was getting ready to be sifted like wheat; revealing the tare in his heart that would cause him to deny Jesus three times: pride.

Before we start picking on Peter, let’s go ahead and admit that we are JUST, LIKE, HIM.

We’ve received revelation from the Father that Jesus IS the Messiah.

We’ve received Jesus as Savior.

We’ve received His Spirit.

We’ve received His baptism in water and fire.

We’re busy making disciples, but….we haven’t received Him as Lord.

dirty.jpgJust like Peter, as we walk along the road, preaching and praying and prophesying over people, our feet get dirty from the work of the ministry. And because the fields are ripe for harvest, and there aren’t enough workers, we justify that we don’t have time to get off the road, come inside and SIT with the Lord. So, we just keep going and going and going. Convinced that God needs us to keep ministering for Him. Convinced that people need us to keep ministering to them. Pride invades our heart. Fear whispers in our head. And control blurts out of our mouth: “NO, Lord! You will never wash my feet!”

We don’t understand when God invites us to His table, takes off His robe, wraps a towel around His waist, and pours water into a basin. We assume we need another bath. But  our hands and head were already washed when we accepted Jesus as Savior (salvation), so all we need is continual foot washing from our Lord to be made clean (sanctification).

Ephesians 5:25-27 New Living Translation (NLT)

25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.[a] 27 He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.

Once we humble ourselves and allow Jesus to wash our feet, He’ll ask us to allow another disciple to wash our feet. Yep. That’s right. He wants us to submit to other people in His body, because we need to be washed with the spiritual gifts He has given them.

And then, when we humble ourselves and allow another disciple to wash our feet, He’ll ask us to wash another disciple’s feet. Yep. That’s right. He wants other people in His body to submit to us, because they need to be washed with the spiritual gifts He has given us.

My fellow disciple,

Sit and feast at His table.

Let the Word wash your feet.

Let others wash your feet.

Be made HOLY and CLEAN.

Share the good news with beautiful feet.

Isaiah 52:7 New Living Translation (NLT)

How beautiful on the mountains
    are the feet of the messenger who brings good news,
the good news of peace and salvation,
    the news that the God of Israel[a] reigns!

Into the Wilderness

Matthew 4:1 New Living Translation (NLT)

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil.

In the spring of 2018, the Lord showed me the wilderness I was beginning to endure, alone. I would be led by the Spirit to an empty, man-made, concrete river bed. I would be tempted. I would suffer. I would scream. I would cry. And Jesus would be with me.

In the following weeks and months that led into a new year, I engaged in conversations with the Lord in that dry place. He stood with me as I grieved. He comforted me as I sobbed. He listened as I screamed. He heard me as I processed my anger. He cared for me. He fed me. He gave me living water to drink from His hands. He showed me the free-flowing river I was destined to enter. He showed me the way out of the dry river bed. He showed me the angels that would protect me from my enemies as they hurled accusations against me. He showed me the fear of man that so easily entangles me. He showed me the lies I’ve believed. He showed me how to repent and be forgiven, and forgive. He showed me how to trust in Him alone.

I must admit; there has been much protest from me in the wilderness.

But I’ve stayed in this place with Him. And I will remain here until He leads me out.

For I have come to know the One who will never leave me or forsake me. The One who calls me His own. The One who created me in my mothers womb. The One who called me by name before the foundations of the earth. The One who loved me unto death. The One who conquered the grave. The One who sits at the right hand of our Father. The One who intercedes for me. The One who knows the plans for me. The One who uses all things for my good. The One who receives all the glory for my life.

Into the Wilderness.jpgAnd because I know Him, I know that He is doing something new in me. Actually, its already begun. Do you see it? He has made a pathway through the wilderness. He has made a river in the dry wasteland. I WILL be refreshed! And He will be honored.

 

Isaiah 43:14-21 New Living Translation (NLT) 

14 This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:

“For your sakes I will send an army against Babylon,
    forcing the Babylonians[a] to flee in those ships they are so proud of.
15 I am the Lord, your Holy One,
    Israel’s Creator and King.
16 I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters,
    making a dry path through the sea.
17 I called forth the mighty army of Egypt
    with all its chariots and horses.
I drew them beneath the waves, and they drowned,
    their lives snuffed out like a smoldering candlewick.

18 “But forget all that—
    it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
19 For I am about to do something new.
    See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
    I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
20 The wild animals in the fields will thank me,
    the jackals and owls, too,
    for giving them water in the desert.
Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland
    so my chosen people can be refreshed.
21 I have made Israel for myself,
    and they will someday honor me before the whole world.