Sitting with the Shepherd
Jesus answered and said to him, "What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this." Peter said to Him, "You shall never wash my feet!" Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me." Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!" Jesus said to him, "He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you." (John 13:7-10 NKJV)
One on the major criticisms that is leveled against the Victorious Life or Exchanged Life teachings is that they teach sinless perfection for the believer in this life time. That is far from the truth. In fact most of us are so far enough away from perfection that it never even warrants consideration. In today's scripture reading Jesus is talking about two distinct forms of cleansing. The first occurs when we initially come to Him and put our faith in Him for the forgiveness of sins leading to salvation. "But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior," (Titus 3:4-6 NKJV)
The second is the daily cleansing that we need from the dirt we accumulate from our journey through this sinful world. In biblical times only the more well-to-do people even had sandals to separate them from the dusty roads that they walked on in travelling from place to place. Therefore their feet were in daily need of washing. Today God gives His children glimpses of the depravity of their human flesh. Although this is never a pleasant sight, it is a necessary reminder to us of our constant need to walk in the Spirit, so as not to fulfill the lust of the flesh. But when we fail, we need not be overwhelmed or discouraged because of His assurance in 1 John.
But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:7-9 NKJV)
Questions for Personal Reflection or Discussion
1. When you first came to Christ what were the major sins in your life that you needed cleansing from?
2. What are the daily sins in your life that remind you of your need to walk in the Spirit in order to not fulfill the lusts of the flesh? (Galatians 5:16)
3. What does God require us to do in order to receive a daily cleansing?
My Father in heaven, Almighty, Sovereign God. Thank You for the provision of the blood of Christ that You have made for my forgiveness. Thank You for that all of my sins, past, present and future are covered by that blood. Thank You for your indwelling Holy Spirit Who convicts me on a daily basis of my need to walk in the Spirit that I do not have to fulfill the lust of my fallen flesh. Amen