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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dirty Feet

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
The washing of the disciples’ feet was such a tender, teachable moment through which Jesus was teaching the depth of his love and dedication. In his righteous humility, he illuminates his love and ministry to us. Jesus did this willingly to give the disciples a foretaste of what he was willing, and meant, to do for them.



The washing of feet was meant to be done by a lowly servant, not the guest of honor. The disciples were appalled that Jesus should wash their feet.This was the most lowly thing they’d witnessed Jesus doing. Though beautifully symbolic and powerful, this was so little compared to what Jesus knew laid ahead of him in just a few short hours, the ultimate act of humility - the crucifixion.

Jesus teaches us here about not only his love, but also his mercy and grace. This lesson is testimony to our eternal security and lack of condemnation. Though Jesus had not yet endured the cross, we were secure in Him. Jesus was slain before the foundations of the earth were laid. Prior to his death, burial and resurrection, it was a good as done since Jesus cannot betray himself and this was his life’s purpose.  He was set like flint for the cross and nothing could deter him. 

I must admit, I always thought Jesus was a little hard on Peter. When his Lord attempted to wash Peter’s feet, Peter balks with a broken heart declaring that Jesus will never wash his feet. Peter could not stand for his Lord to stoop this low. After Jesus explains this must happen, zealous and spontaneous Peter not only accepts the offered foot-washing; but asks for his hands and head to be cleansed as well. Jesus answered: “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean” (John 13:10). 


Just as Peter’s body was physically clean, we are spiritually clean if we have been “bathed” in Jesus’ blood. When we accept Jesus as Savior, we are clean. We still have our sin-nature to battle and we will continue to fail while our feet tread this earth. When we submit to sin, we become dirty, not wholly unclean, but our feet that touch the earth are dirty and must be cleansed. This is why our daily prayer life and confession of sins is a must! We must admit our sin to God and accept that Jesus has already paid the price of it. It is then that we are forgiven. With his basin of blood, Jesus washes off the world’s dirt and we are clean.

What sin(s) do you need to confess to God right now?

What dirt remains on your weary feet?

Will you allow the Savior to cleanse your soul? - He paid a very dear price to do so.


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For more about Relevant Women - RelevantMinistry.org/RelevantWomen


The purpose of Relevant Women:
Relevant Women exists to train women to minister relevantly, to discover and grow in God’s call in their lives and to serve in their churches as godly leaders.
 

RW accomplishes this by:
•Teaching life changing truth
•Building significant relationships
•Practicing spiritual disciplines
•Defining our personal stories
•Developing our personal ministry


At Relevant Ministry, our vision is to equip leaders to minister relevantly in churches that will be healthy and thriving.

Our mission, to fulfill this vision, is training future leaders - building healthy ministries - and serving on the Gulf Coast. 


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