“You call me teacher and Lord, and you’re right because that’s what I am. So if I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you must wash each other’s feet. I’ve given you an example that you should follow.”
“I can guarantee this truth: Whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”
“I’m giving you a new commandment: Love each other in the same way that I have loved you. Everyone will know that you are my disciples because of your love for each other.”
The Lord keeps directing me to John 13. What is He trying to bring to my attention?
There’s a lot going on in that chapter. I encourage you to read it now.
You may also wish to Google the significance of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet.
There’s so much to it that I don’t want to simply repeat it here.
Here’s the takeaway that sticks with me: We are here to help sanctify each other.
Belief in Jesus is all that’s needed for salvation.
We can take comfort in that.
Put on your helmet.
Guard your mind with the knowledge that Christ has saved you.
Don’t listen to the lies of the enemy that would make you question your salvation.
Do you believe?
Do you accept that Jesus is the Messiah?
Then you are accepted by the Father.
That’s a beautiful thing.
His grace is sufficient.
But we are not perfected in that moment.
It’s a lifelong process.
We call it sanctification.
The process of being made holy and perfect.
And by perfect, we mean mature.
Fully grown into the character and mind of Christ.
Why wash the feet?
Because that’s where the stains of this world are evident.
The feet come in contact with the earth.
It represents the contamination of sin.
We live in a sinful world.
We’re set apart from it, but we dwell and work in it.
It’s a fact of life that we’re going to sin.
We’re going to make mistakes.
We’re going to take our eyes off of Jesus and be distracted by what our flesh desires.
We should never get comfortable with it.
Jesus shows us our sin.
Not to judge us.
But to cleanse us.
That’s the example we should be following.
We need to first of all be aware.
If there is no one there serving, we need to serve.
It doesn’t matter who we are or what the task is.
We’re humble servants.
We’re our brother’s (and sister’s) keeper.
We are members of the same Body.
Who is my neighbor?
The person in front of me.
Or next to me.
It’s everybody I come into contact with.
Who is in my proximity?
That is my neighbor.
I need to love them like Christ loves them.
We’re here to build each other up in love.
The Church is the antidote to the toxicity of this world.
Everyday we shine brighter and the world grows colder.
They’ll come running someday.
But until then, we need to go out into the world.
Cast a wide net.
Let everyone know the Good News.
Some will eagerly accept it.
That’s on them.
We have the obligation to share.
If you’re born again, you’re in.
Everything else is gravy.
Wouldn’t you want someone to share an encouraging word with you?
I know I do.
You need battle buddies.
Fellow disciples who will walk with you in this journey.
People who can strengthen you when you are weak.
People you can confess your sins to.
So that they can pray for you and you can be healed and restored.
That’s how it works, ladies and gentlemen.
It’s called the priesthood of all believers.
Our leaders are supposed to lead by example.
But our job is the work of ministry.
We’re all ministers of God.
Remember who He created you to be.
Not a slave to sin.
A suffering servant.
A child of God.
He who has an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
God bless you, each and everyone.
And may His will be done in your life.