Today’s Reading | John 13
Just a Foot Washing
What lessons can one take from the account in this chapter of the washing of the disciples feet by Jesus? An important lesson, but one often overlooked, is taken from Christ’s conversation with Peter in verses six through eleven. Christ went to Peter and began to wash his feet. Peter objected. In the conversation, Christ told Peter that a person who has taken a bath need have only his feet washed when they become dirty, not his whole body. Christ is illustrating an important spiritual principle that we all must understand. At the moment of salvation, our “whole body” was cleaned – a bath, if you will. When we get dirty on “parts” of our bodies, by sinning, we do not need a whole bath, salvation, again. We simply need to clean the part that has become dirty by seeking forgiveness for the sin we committed. We may feel like we need a bath and may even feel that we have lost or deserve to lose our salvation. But all we need is to confess our sin and allow God to clean the part that has been dirtied. Is there some part of your life that needs to be cleaned? Why not wash your “feet” today!
When did you have your “whole body washed” (experience salvation)?
What “part of your body” has become dirty in recent days? How?
How can it become clean again?
How can you prevent it from becoming dirty in the future?