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.