The Shower   Leave a comment

I wonder what Peter was thinking.  Jesus himself was washing the feet of the disciples.  He must have been disgusted with them for allowing their Lord and Master to do such a lowly thing.  “I won’t allow Him to do this to me.  It’s not right,” he must have thought.  Jesus had no business doing the work of a servant.  Besides, did Peter really need cleaned?

When Jesus got to Peter and heard his protests, He offered a couple of statements; “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me,” and “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean.” (John 13:8b, 10a, NIV)


While recovering from surgery, I had to spend the first couple of weeks taking sponge baths.  I despised it because I longed for the feeling of complete cleanness that only comes from the shower.  When I finally was able to get into the shower, “oh what joy did flood my soul!”  I felt alive again.  I was refreshed. 


Thankfully, this can be experienced spiritually, but not quite in that order.  When we accept Jesus Christ into our hearts as Lord and Savior, it is as if He is cleansing us of the sins in our lives.  We’re clean, completely and for good! 


After we’re cleansed, or saved, we still face the sinful nature in a sinful world.  We stumble, we fall, and we fail.  We get dirty.  Dirt needs cleaned.  But take heart.  You don’t need the full bath again.  You only need to be refreshed.  You only need your feet washed.


Sinning after becoming a Christian is not the end of Christianity.  It is merely breaking fellowship with God.  You are not breaking the relationship.  If you are like me, or every other Christian for that matter, you need to have your feet washed from time to time.


Turn from the sin you have allowed to sneak into your life.  Ask the Lord to forgive you, and He shall wash your feet.  Trust me: it will feel just as refreshing as your first shower! 

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