Our verse for today comes from John 13:14, ” If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. “
When we say something shouldn’t have happened, we may be making one of two judgments. One is that what occurred should not have been able to occur. Tales of these mysteries of science or uncommon phenomena show up on cable television on a regular basis. And God’s Word has a fair amount of records of such events. Seas don’t part and reveal dry land, rivers don’t turn into blood, the sun and moon don’t stand still in the sky, donkeys don’t talk, the skies don’t rain for forty days, bushes don’t burn without being consumed, and thousands aren’t fed from a meal intended for one. But the other judgment we may make in our assessment of what shouldn’t happen is that such and such a thing ought not to occur. That is, one wouldn’t expect that particular behavior or action. And again, God has recorded for us many of these unlikely occasions. Boys with no armor don’t stand up to a giant while armies cower in fear, brothers don’t sell their younger sibling into slavery, poor widows don’t outgive the rich by giving their last two mites, kings aren’t born in stables, nothing good comes out of Nazareth, and Lords and Teachers don’t wash other men’s feet. But so they all did.
Each of us has a line that we will not cross. Some are drawn close to us, where we value the petty and keep from stooping at all. Others draw their line much closer to the hangman’s noose, willing to bow and submit and serve but for no other reason than it brings glory and honor and pleasure to the Almighty Savior. In context, some will gladly wash another’s feet, doing unto Him as they do unto the least of these, while others wouldn’t wash them if they had already been scrubbed, sanitized, martinized, and covered in gold, again doing unto Him as they refuse to do to the least. Jesus gave us an example, doing what He ought not to have had to do. But willingly He gave, and undeservedly we receive. Ought not we to bow and do as our risen Savior has done?
As we seek Him today, look no further than your own heart to see if your knees could bow and your hands wash away another’s dirt.
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