Beautiful Feet

"12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them." - John 13:12-17 (NIV)

I woke up all of a sudden at 1:00a.m. “Feet…” That was what came to a barely awoke mind. As some of you know, I had been going through a tough battle at work where people in positions wanted me out. Except, I knew the legal system and whether with man’s law and definitely with God’s law, I knew something was being violated from the start.

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I had been working part-time, night shifts for so many years. Trying desperately to make me quit, they seemed to be running out of schemes to give me a hard time in all areas. When I had emailed and had asked for my schedule, they moved me from being a night shift nurse to PM shift nurse, after days old of being just told that I was to be on an “off-duty” status. This was a threat that didn’t work.

As I reflected on the Lord’s Word this morning, He reminded me during this waiting period that I had been working with a specific crew at night that had been filled with so many detestable things. I never participated in their evil doings except maybe a few times, when it came to “joking around” that I knew was not pleasing to the Lord. This morning, He reminded me of that need that in my spiritual walk, I needed to surrender my “feet” and be washed by Him. Not just this morning, but daily.

“Lord, why are you going to wash my feet?” asked Simon Peter (John 13:6)

Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now why I am doing it; someday you will.” (John 13:7)

“No,” Peter protested, “You will never wash my feet!” (John 13:8)

Jesus replied, “But if I don’t wash you, you won’t belong to me.” (John 13:8)

Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!” (John 13:9)

Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you are clean, but that isn’t true of everyone here.” (John 13:10)

Oh, how true with our spiritual walk that despite us being saved by Jesus, our feet still get smudged by the dirt of this world! How much we need for our feet to be cleansed by our Savior daily if we are willing to follow His example! Walking with Jesus in this faith journey we’re all in becomes more meaningful only if we include Him in our spiritual walks. Our missions are useless without Him. Our servant attitude is not a blessing if we are the ones glorified.

I am thankful that with the supervisors’ harmful intentions for me is actually beneficial as I’m being pulled away from bad influences, for how long is up to the Lord.

“16 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:  17 haughty eyes,  a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil,  19 a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”
~ Proverbs 6:16-19 (NIV)

Oh Lord, thank You for always convicting our hearts. Thank You for showing You are very much in control of everything that goes on in our lives. Thank You Lord for Your direction and discernment through Your Word. Your Word that lasts forever. Thank You Lord for reminding me to repent daily and be cleansed by You. I want to have beautiful feet Lord but I can only achieve that with Your power working in me. Please fill us Lord with Your Holy Spirit and help us to live holy lives because You are a Holy God. I love you Lord. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

How about your feet? Are they following Jesus' walk in this narrow path? 

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