Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Feet

So, I found the perfect pair of shoes for my feet today, and I purchased them. It seemed like a good thing to do with the lingering flu still hounding my body. My feet need a little work after the long winter of boots. They have been somewhat neglected. I think my daughter and I will have to have a toe painting party.
I woke up this morning asking God what He wanted me to read and John 13 came to mind. I was still so tired though, that I didn't read it right away. I did get up and had some coffee, and decided bed was better, so I went back to bed. My son woke up early too, and went back to bed. So did my daughter. It was a back to bed morning.
When I woke up the second time around, John 13 was still on my mind, so I decided I better get to it right away. The chapter is about Jesus washing the feet of His disciples, and about Judas betraying Jesus. At first I wasn't sure why God was so insistent on me reading this story, but now I'm getting it rather clearly.
Isn't it amazing that Jesus washed the feet of Judas? He knew this man was going to betray Him to death, but still, because of His love, He got down on His knees and washed the feet of the man that was about to hurt him. He remained loyal to Judas to the end, even though Judas was not loyal to Him! He gave Himself up for this man.
Further on in the chapter it reads this: "Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples--when they see the love you have for each other."
Okay, I have to ask myself: "Am I willing to wash the feet of those that have hurt me, betrayed me?" I have to be, Jesus has commissioned me to do this! Is it even possible for me to understand this kind of love towards those I have been hurt by? It must be, because Jesus has told me to love as He loves, and He loved Judas! His love for a man that hurt Him was far beyond my experiences.
I am clothed in Jesus, His Spirit is alive and well within me, so I know that I can love as He loves. I can wash the feet of those I encounter by serving them, loving them, upholding them, being in their lives, and praying for them. His shoes are my shoes, and He will enable me to wear them well.
Oh Jesus! Say That Again to me today, as I lift my heart up to You. You are love and truth, I will follow in Your foot steps.

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