Daily Cleansing

Two days ago, I got back from a weekend trip with my youth group. It involved lots of swimming, hot dogs, and fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ. One night, as we dangled our feet in the pool, our youth pastor taught from John chapter 13, which is about Jesus washing His disciples' feet. The teaching was very eye-opening. Even if you've read this passage before, I encourage you to read it again. It says:

 Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God.  So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.” “No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!” Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.” Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!” Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.” For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.” (John 13:3-11)

Back in Jesus' time, they didn't have the same shoes we do. Peter didn't wear Nike tennis shoes, and Mary didn't sport Converse. They mostly wore sandals. Thus, their feet would get very dirty (what with all the dirt and dust and animals walking through town doing their business - eew!). Therefore, they had to wash their feet daily. When Jesus was eating dinner with his disciples, he got up and washed all of their feet. 

Now, what does this have to do with us today, you may be wondering? Well, our feet represent our lives. They get dirty daily from sin, and thus need to cleaned daily. Do you ever, like I often do, confess your sins one day and then get in the mindset that since you have confessed, you are "good" for a while? That you don't need to be cleaned for a while...that once was enough to "last" for a week, or a month, or a year?    

The truth is that we need to get cleansed daily from all the gunk in our lives by confessing our sins to God and repenting (turning away from them). If the disciples didn't wash their feet daily, just think how disgusting their feet would be when they finally washed them again!

Have you washed your feet today?
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