Day 13, Chapter 13
Our reading has finally gotten to my favorite passages in John (13, 14, 15). I read with expectancy, knowing what’s to come but asking God to show me what I’m missing. This passage in particular caught my heart:
“Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, do you wash my feet?‘ Jesus answered him, ‘What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.‘ Peter said to him, ‘You shall never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered him, ‘If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.’ Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!’ Jesus said to him, ‘The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet,but is completely clean.’ ” (John 13:3–10, ESV)
Here are my notes:
Jesus knew who He was and where He was going, and so He served the disciples by washing their feet. Being secure in my place as God’s daughter frees me to serve others because I know whose I am and I know where I’m going. Too often I am insecure, too uncertain about who I am and who God is to reach out to serve. Father, help me walk in faith, trusting all You say is true about me.
Peter knew Jesus should not have to wash his feet, but Jesus demonstrated how to serve others in humility—even those who are supposedly beneath us. If the Creator of all served others—even me!—then that’s my mandate too. I can willingly choose to serve others in the simple, the mundane, the unappealing. Father, open my eyes to see where I can be the hands and feet of Jesus to others.
Jesus explained to Peter the spiritual significance between bathing the whole body (going to the Father through Christ and receiving salvation from sin) and only washing the feet (going to God regularly to confess sin and receive forgiveness). Receiving new life in Christ is both a specific event and a daily renewing. Father, make my heart sensitive to your Spirit’s conviction and quicken me to confess on-the-spot to keep my relationship with You clear.
What is God teaching you in today’s virtual study? Share in the comments or via social media (tag me!).
If you missed Days 1–13, no worries! Start with us tomorrow for Day 14, Chapter 14. All are welcome!