I was especially wretchy this week. The short of it is, I let the things and people of this world unsettle me and since I do not like confrontation I said a whole bunch of mean things about people in my mind and even though no one else heard them, God did and like a good father he taught me through it.
Tuesday morning I went in my prayer closet, shut the door, got on my knees, and laid face down on the floor. I envisioned myself at the feet of Jesus. Can you imagine, literally being at the feet of Jesus. I had all kinds of feelings pressing on my heart. It was as if I could literally feel the weight of them on my chest and out loud I said, Jesus, can I wash your feet? I wasn’t sure where that question came from. I stayed there talking and praying and I came to the resolve that I had to read about the day when Jesus washed his disciples feet.
John 13 – (1-10)Jesus knew it was time for him to leave this world and return to the father. He now showed the disciples the full extent of his love. It was time for supper and the Devil had already enticed Judas to carry out his plan to betray Jesus…… Jesus got up from the table, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel around him. ….. Peter said, “Lord why are you going to wash my feet!” Jesus replied. “You don’t understand now why I am doing it; someday you will.”…. Peter protested…… Jesus replied, “But if I don’t wash you, you won’t belong to me.” ……….(11-15) For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.” After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? You call me teacher and Lord, and you are right, because it is true. And since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you………….”
After reading this, and first can I say how much I love when Jesus asks, Do you understand? and then he full on explains what He was doing! So helpful Jesus. Thank you! 🙂 Anyway, After reading that I heard in my heart, the Holy Spirit say, “It’s not my feet that need washing.” and then Jesus’ words that I had read earlier replayed in my mind, “you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow.”
I sat and I thought about it and prayed about it. The humility of Jesus to wash the feet of the one who would betray him. He knew what Judas had done. He knew what would happen because of him and still humbled himself, He stripped off his royal status and became a servant to the one who broke his heart. I mean a few hours later he was sweating blood for goodness sakes. Still he loved. Still he gave us an “example to follow”.
All of this said to me, Jesie, what ever you have been feeling this week. Whatever justification you want for your beliefs and opinions, humility wins. Humble yourself.
Sister, would you humble yourself enough and wash their feet? Would you wash Joe Biden’s feet? Would you wash Donald Trumps feet? Your best friend who lied to you? Your spouse who betrayed you? Your sister, your brother, you father’s? Would you wash their feet? …… can I tell you, you should and so should I. Jesus would. Jesus did.
So, where is the freedom in this? The freedom is in humility and love.
As I close I would like to ask, because I asked this of myself this morning,
Do you know the depths of which you have betrayed Jesus? He is still ready and willing to wash your feet.
Remember, Love God your most so you can love others your best.