Clean feet, Pure heart

Jesus replied you don’t understand now what I am doing,but someday you will John 13:7

The hour was near for Jesus’s crucifixion. Judas Iscariot had made his deal with the devil and Jesus was ready to lay down his life for past and future generations.

If you were preparing to die, what would you do? I would most likely be with my husband and kids. I would have my parents, siblings, friends all over to soak up the last few moments with them.

I might also be in a closet crying feeling sorry for myself 🤷🏻‍♀️. It’s a hard question to answer honestly.

I can tell you what I wouldn’t be doing. Wrapping myself in towel and washing my followers feet.

Jesus came to give us the perfect picture of how we are supposed to live. How we are supposed to respond, even when faced with unfair circumstances.

Do you feel like you’re being treated unfairly? You keep getting passed over for a promotion, you can’t hold down a job, you can’t get pregnant, you can’t find a spouse, you must wear a mask, you must get a shot…??

We tend to think that no one feels like we do. Like no one gets us. But Jesus does.

Jesus was perfect. He was blameless. He always repaid evil with kindness. He got mad, he got sad but he did not sin in his anger or sadness.

In the opening verse Jesus is talking to Peter. He was preparing to wash Peter’s feet and Peter was appalled.

Foot washing in the Jewish culture was a daily routine and was reserved for servants. This is why Peter was so quick to refuse Jesus washing his feet. He had the utmost respect and love for Jesus.

Jesus explains In verse 14

“And since I, your 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. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them” John 13:14-16 NLT

This is how we respond to the injustice that is in front of us.

We bend down and wash their feet.

There is beauty in the ashes. Joy in the process.

I’ve experienced tragic loss, heart break, pain and downright frustrating circumstances, BUT GOD. He has taught me how to love my enemies and forgive. He has taught me how to find joy in the midst of immense sadness. We do not understand what is happening in the moment but eventually we will.

But only if you know my Jesus. My Jesus that washed his disciples feet hours before he was sacrificed for our sins.

Do you believe?

Do you know my Jesus?

He wants you to know Him and He wants you to laid down your life and serve Him. He will Bless you, just as He has blessed me and my family.

If you don’t know him, please reach out to me.

Go wash some feet, and watch your heart be cleansed in the process.

Anatomy and Physiology of Christians

Human anatomy is fascinating to me. Growing up I always loved the sciences and learning how our bodies work. It led me to a profession in the medical field. I still remember getting so excited about learning the organ systems, bones and muscles. Now that I have been a CRNA for 5 years I don’t have that same giddy happiness about all the intricate detail of our bodies.

Does this mean I don’t care anymore, no. For me it means I learned so much, applied it and quite frankly I was tired of school. I can do my job very well without spatting out all the textbook names of every bone. I know all the anatomy necessary for what I do.

Do you remember the moment you accepted Jesus? That giddy feeling and the want to tell everyone about your Jesus. This is the same way the apostles were after Jesus arose from the dead and sent our advocate, the Holy Spirit.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”” Acts of the Apostles 1:8 NLT

The passion these apostles felt was contagious and they were spreading the good news despite the risk of prison or death.

The important part about this era is no one worked alone!

“All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had.”Acts of the Apostles 4:32 NLT

Wow! Just like human anatomy fascinates me, the Christian anatomy fascinates me!

We are the body of Christ.

“He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.” The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:10-12 NLT

We all have a unique role we contribute to the body of Christ. There is a song by casting crowns called “if we are the body” and it has been playing in my head on repeat this week. It says

“If we are the body

Why aren’t His arm reaching

Why aren’t his hands healing

Why aren’t his words teaching”

Those are good questions! The human body functions on autopilot. All the parts work together without ever even thinking about what is next!

When the Holy Spirit came the body of Christ began functioning the same way. The right decisions come naturally because of being in tune with the spirit.

What’s different? Why aren’t we functioning the way described in Acts?

SIN!

“Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.” Acts of the Apostles 3:19 NLT

Our sinful nature comes creeping in and we subdue the Holy Spirit. If you struggle with knowing how to make decisions or discerning Gods voice, then you need to start with weeding out the fluff in your life.

Cut one thing out. One thing that seems to weigh you down and steals your joy.

Little by little you’ll drop the weights of the world and be able to hear from God and the original passion to share the gospel will be renewed.

What’s holding you down?

Social media?

Hours of Netflix?

Food, alcohol, drugs, tik tok, Snapchat… I could go on and on. We all have individual struggles that are different, but the solution is the same.

Jesus

Call on Jesus.

“But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Acts of the Apostles 2:21 NLT

If you don’t know my Jesus, call on His name and He will save you. Even though we are the body and the vessel to which His message is spread, we can’t save another soul.

I pray if you are reading this, and you have never experienced the love and acceptance of our Heavenly Father that you will reach out. Reach out to me or someone of our faith. Let us tell you about our Jesus. The Jesus that died and rose again and still lives today.

Because He lives I can face tomorrow.