Have you ever had a situation arise where you needed taking care of? Well, recently that happened to me… it’s kind of weird right? I don’t mean the “Hey mom, will you fix me a sandwich?” kind of care, I mean the can’t get out of bed lots of pain, can’t eat food only the oddly shaped medicine kind of care… You’re just helpless.
It’s at these times, the dirty helpless can’t fend for yourself times, that we are cleaned by others and this is exactly what Jesus does for His disciples in John 13, and they don’t even realize it.
Oftentimes, when others try to help us, we take two reactions.
1. We let our pride stand in the way and it keeps others from giving help when we need it.
2. We step aside from our pride to receive help in times of need.
We see this in John when Jesus tries to wash the disciples feet.
“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!’ John 13:6-9
So yeah, we see two clear reactions. Peter didn’t want Jesus to wash His feet at first. Then after thinking through what this act meant, he wanted Jesus to wash his whole body… So where does that put us?
Where do we stand when Jesus tries to wash our feet, when our fellow believers try to give us a helping hand. Can we be vulnerable or will we choose to live our lives without help, either earthly or heavenly?
This Wednesday night will be a night of worship. There will of course be singing, but there will also be a place to lay down your burdens, a place to take communion and a place for us to wash each others feet.
This may seem like an intimidating venture, but this should be an encouragement and a challenge to us here at the Well.
As we’ve been focusing more and more on how to build community and the many things that Christ did to build community, we felt that adding feet washing and these other stations would be an awesome way for intentional community here at FBCO.
I pray that you see this as a special time and not as a “gross, don’t touch my feet” time. I’ll write later today a little more on this intentional act.
Love you guys (and girls).