Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
September 12 Scripture Selection: John 13:1-20
Food for Thought: John 13:7, 10-17
All of us who have received Jesus as Savior have been cleansed by His blood (“and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood (Rev. 1:5)).” However, as we go about serving the Lord in our daily walk, we find our feet have picked up some of the dust of the world and in need of attention. Jesus showed His disciples how to proceed according to His example in such situations.
Back in those days, the servant who washed the feet in the home was considered the lowliest. Demonstrating by example, Jesus wanted His followers to know first and foremost that none of them would be above the task of helping a brother rid himself of the dust of the world, regardless of their high positions of authority in the Church that they would soon hold. He wanted to be sure that the heart attitude of His disciples would always be one of servitude and that they would always be available to serve one another as they trudged through this world.
While practicing actual foot-washing is still very significant in the Church, there is, of course, a more practical application of this scripture today. We still need to guard our hearts from haughtiness and be willing to serve our brothers and sisters in whatever capacity. The dust of the world comes in many forms, and just as dirt left between the toes and under the nails is not only unsightly, but also a cause of discomfort and even sores, so can the things of this world be for the follower of Jesus. If there is anyway that we can alleviate the discomfort and pain caused by living in this imperfect, unclean world, we should be willing to do so as representatives of Jesus our Lord. Then we all will have feet ready to continue the walk of faith (See Eph. 6:15; Rom. 10:15).
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God…)
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):