“Jesus knew that the Father had put him in complete charge of everything, that he came from God and was on his way back to God. So he got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with his apron. When he got to Simon Peter, Peter said, “Master, you wash my feet?””
John 13:3-6 MSG
I’ve had this on my heart for years.
This Mary little Christmas.
It started out just the simple notion or nudge from Holy Spirit to remain at Peace during the hustle and bustle of Holiday seasons.
I was drawn to celebrate the why behind what’s being done and not the what.
But it’s grown deeper and more full-
That we can’t fully serve until we’ve sat.
Jesus didn’t need to sit at Jesus’ feet.
He had been sitting at Father’s.
But Mary did.
She understood that the why behind her sitting was more important than what she could possibly be doing for Jesus.
All of Chapter 13 in John is Jesus living by example, the posture of ministry.
First of all, He had been seated with the Father-
In His heart.
He was fully persuaded that God had put all authority in His hands.
He had the power to choose to serve.
Notice it was the night before Passover.
In order for us to pass over our emotions and into the Spirit, there has to be a death.
Jesus girded Himself as I mentioned last post.
He took off His robe, (what comforted and covered Him) and girded Himself with an apron.
I don’t know about you, but apron screams work!
Serving isn’t easy.
Especially serving those who aren’t serving you.
Or the one who is about to betray you.
Or even the one who just rubs you the wrong way..
But JESUS KNEW…
All of the things his companions, he called them, would do to Him just hours later.
One was betraying Him as they ate.
But He also Knew,
That this example and the true leadership of action,
the disciples feet (the way they should go) of any misunderstandings.
He was headed up, back to the Father, and yet,
Bowed down before His companions.
There had to be a humbling for Jesus, and we are His followers.
A wise friend shared with me years ago-
“Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.”
Was Jesus exalted?
Did He humble Himself first?
Why is it we think our walk, following after Him would be different?
Jesus washes our feet the same.
We are clean through His Word.
But our feet represent where we’ve been, and where we’re going.
He said, what He has done for us, we need do for others.
Has He forgiven all our sins?
Has He freely given us healing?
Has He provided?
Freely we’ve received and now it’s our turn to freely give.
I want to encourage you to just take some time out and sit at the feet of Jesus.
That looks like stopping long enough to get comfortable in His Presence.
Linger long enough to listen.
What is He reminding or revealing that He has done for you?
Once you’ve freely received that gift… now you can give it to others.