Today’s Scripture: Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. John 13:8-9
At salvation, when you received the payment Jesus made for you on the cross, it was as if you had been washed and cleaned. Your body will never be dirty again. However, your feet will get dirty. In Jesus’ day, they wore sandals and walked around in a very dusty environment, so you can imagine what their feet looked like.
As we walk through life our feet get dirty as we sin. Yes, our sins have been forgiven and canceled, but there is a barrier that is created between us and the Savior which prevents that close relationship with Him.
When I was growing up, if my parents knew I had done something wrong, we did not have the same kind of fellowship that we normally would have had. Until I had asked for forgiveness, we did not have the same level of closeness until that sin was dealt with.
This is what Jesus was talking about. Jesus did not need to wash all of Peter – he was already clean. He only needed to wash his feet. The Holy Spirit will let us know when our feet are dirty. It is important to keep short accounts with God. Every day, we need to ask Him to show us where we failed and confess those sins to Him. We must stay tender and open before the Lord. If we will do that, He will help us.
We need to allow the Word of God to get to those crevices in our lives that we have issues in. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the Word of God notifies us of the issues and problems that we have. Remember, we are not talking about condemnation, but rather the conviction of the Spirit of God. We can come boldly to the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16) for confession and restoration of fellowship. We need that restoration, and it only happens when we listen to the convicting of the Holy Spirit.
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.