There are a quite a few churches out there that still have ceremonies of foot washing. I have never been a part of one but I have heard it is a powerful thing. Honestly when I think of washing someone's feet, I don't get excited. But as I read this chapter, I know that this was all about making the disciples clean. Our feet say everything about our walk. Where we walk says everything about where we are in our journey with Christ. We live in a filthy, disgusting world that will always carry us into sin. We have to be clean. We have to constantly be made new.
How does Jesus wash me today? For me, I know that I receive cleansing from His word. John 15:3 says Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. I believe there is cleansing when we confess our sin and ask for forgiveness. We can't keep our day 100% free of sin. It's not possible. We need our feet washed daily.
How often do we walk around with stinky feet? We minister to others, we pray for others, we anoint others, we give counsel to others, all the while we have stinky feet. I pray that I can make a habit of making sure my feet are clean, daily! May my feet walk the walk so that I may talk the talk!
And then there is Judas. I would never go as far as to say that I have had a Judas in my life but I have had someone in my life that betrayed me. We all have had people betray us and even you and me have betrayed someone. But this one particular time, I really heard the voice of God regarding this person in my life. I knew the Lord had showed me in my spirit that this person was not going to be true to me. One day while I was spending time with this friend that I really liked, the Lord showed me that the relationship was only temporary and that I had to be very careful. After that day, I felt weird. I wasn't sure how to act or even if I should return her calls. Nothing was wrong, nothing had happened. But, it was deep down inside my gut and I couldn't shake it. I prayed and prayed about it. Long story, but what the Holy Spirit had revealed to me about this friend, was true. She never really was a friend. It wasn't anything I did either, she chose to reject me. Now she is nothing like Judas and I am for sure not even close to having the character of Jesus. But Judas chose to reject the Lord. He made that decision all on his own. God did not send Judas to Hell! Judas sent himself there! If you are a true friend, you will never sell your friend out! If you are a true child of God, you won't sell him out either!
Father, I pray that your spirit will control my life in everything I do. Thank you for washing my feet daily. I pray that my walk will glorify you. Help all of the women studying John to hear your voice today. I pray that you will wash their feet and make their walk a purpose driven WALK! Thank you for your word and the power within it to cleanse us! Thank you Jesus!