“Isn’t it enough for you to keep the best of the pastures for yourselves? Must you also trample down the rest? Isn’t it enough for you to drink clear water for yourselves? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet? Why must my flock eat what you have trampled down and drink water you have fouled?” (Ezekiel 34.18-19 NLT).
When Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, He was not just making an example of being a servant. He was showing them and all of us that there are some things only Jesus Himself can do. One of those things is washing our metaphorical feet after we have traveled in His service for a time. When we stay obedient to Jesus, love always usurps tradition. We will follow Jesus into the sorrows and heartaches and sins of others because He so desperately wants to reach them. As we do this, we will see, hear, feel and experience the dirt of this world. We are clean because we are washed by the Blood of the Lamb, but our feet become dirty from doing ministry and loving others. We can’t expect others to wash all the grime off our feet. Jesus is the only One who thoroughly purify our hearts, minds and souls from the filth of the world that we walk through in order to reach the lost and hurting. We must really sit in His presence and allow Him to identify the dirt and wipe it clean. Otherwise, we can muddy the water of the people in our sphere of influence. We can carry grudges or stained attitude that affect our walk of faith. So sit with Jesus today, and ask Him to cleanse the dirt of ministry away.
“Jesus replied, ‘A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you’” (John 13.10 NLT).
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