This week in my Bible study, I have been reminded of some important truths from the Old Testament, as well as the New about washing. The basin of cleansing outside the Holy Place was made from flattened mirrors of polished brass. It was uncommon in their time to see ones own reflection. I found that interesting when considering my own sin and how I may not want to see it. The Bible has a lot to say about how beautiful seeing my sin can be in order to be truly cleansed. 2 Cor. 7:10 says “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death”. Hebrews 10:19-25 “…let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;…” God’s word is our mirror. It’s cleansing, humbling. It’s an example for living.
Jesus demonstrates servanthood in washing the feet of the Disciples. Jesus leaves us the command to wash each other’s feet. What does that look like for us Beth Moore, in one of her study’s, brings up 7 reasons we have difficulty following Jesus’ command. I wanted to share them because they spoke LOUDLY to my HEART.
- We lack the assurance of who we are. John 13:3 says Jesus knew what the Father had given Him. If you know who you are in Christ, your personal ego is not an issue. Sadly, most Christians do not have the confidence in Christ to humble themselves.
- We don’t want to leave the table to do it. John 13:4 says Christ got up from the table. We fear leaving the comfort of the familiar.
- We would have to lay aside the outer garments. It is difficult to hide when washing another’s feet. True servants are only those who are willing to be vulnerable.
- All too often our pitchers are empty. Look at John 13:5. We might wash a few feet if we had something in our pitchers. When we fail to be filled, we have nothing to pour out. Be encouraged: the first miracle Christ performed was filling up empty pitchers. He is a master at it!
- We do not like feet. They are smelly and dirty, and we could minister to persons far more easily if they would just stay behind their sparkling facades. Facing the worn, calloused areas of other’s lives might remind us of our own. Much too risky, indeed.
- We’d have to get on our knees to do it. John the Baptist said of Christ, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30) “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matt 25:40)
- Perhaps the most important reason we somehow cannot bring ourselves to wash another’s feet is that we refuse to let Christ wash our own. Notice that not until He washed their feet were they enabled to go and wash one another’s. Have you learned how to let Christ minister to you? Let Christ love you today. Curl up in His arms and tell Him you need Him. Until you learn to let Him serve you at the point of your need, you will never be truly free to serve others.
The whole “Do Not Disturb” series has brought the real struggles of this life front and center for all of us. Derek left us with this thought Sunday: “I want this church to be:
He challenged us to reach out to one another for accountability and encouragement, in other words “wash feet”.
Guess it’s time to get down on my knees.