8 Peter told Jesus, "You will never wash my feet." Jesus replied to Peter, "If I don't wash you, you don't belong to me." 9 Simon Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, don't wash only my feet. Wash my hands and my head too!" ~ John 13:8-9 (God’s Word Translation)
We face the dirtiness of this world every day! Our soul is stained with a residue of the sins of this world. Pride invades our thoughts. Lust frustrates our hearts and selfishness controls our motivations. Independence muddies our will and anger encapsulates our emotions. We know that Christ has forever saved us from eternal admonishment from our sins, however in our daily lives we are faced with a daily onslaught of defiling sin. If we are willing to receive Christ’s repeated cleansing He will give us humble heart that is constantly in need of more grace.
Peter with his pride was unwilling to allow Jesus to serve him in this inferior role. Jesus however knew that this lesson of humility had to be learned by doing unassuming acts. Jesus exemplifies the ability to forgive and clean our sinful hearts. By doing this He also offered us a glimpse of what the true servant behavior of a life submitted to Him looks like. The point is this; Jesus sanctifies us allowing us to be free to care for the stained souls of those around us.
Are you including a Christ’s cleansing routine as a part of your daily routine? Are you caring for others who drift through a life of uncertainty? The fact that we serve out of our continual struggles not from of an attitude of haughtiness gives us the ability to empathize with those around us. We are all companion combatants in need of our Savior Jesus Christ. Though some will distrustfully oppose our heartfelt attempts, others will delightfully gain solace. So we keep on keeping on to shower the love of God on everyone we meet. Knowing that our service will stain us so we will need to be continually cleansed by Christ.