And how will they preach unless they are commissioned and sent [for that purpose]? Just as it is written and forever remains written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!”
Romans 10:15 AMP
From all the pamper treatments I could have chosen, why on earth did I choose “Walking on Air”? I would have to take off my dirty boots and sweaty socks, place my round, stubby toes in a bucket of water, and allow a complete stranger to scrub and rub the stress out of them.
Suddenly, the stress of the embarrassment I felt, overshadowed the pain in my feet. Thankfully, the therapist was lovely and welcoming.
“You have beautiful feet,” she said. I smiled awkwardly. “My mum has beautiful feet, you know. Unfortunately I genetically inherited my father’s round, fat feet,” I replied. She giggled.
What? Why did I say that? Why do I feel like I need to apologise and explain why this kind lady was wrong about my “beautiful feet”? And after that weird and wonderful statement, I had to spend the next 20 minutes staring at her as she finished the treatment.
I felt like Peter, who vehemently denied Jesus the right to his dusty feet. You can find this account in John 13.
Jesus was hours away from laying down his life, not just for the whole world, but for his friends. The chosen twelve that he had been training and preparing for what was to come, were also the people he lived his life with for the last three years. He walked with them daily. He loved them deeply.
It must have been humbling for the Son of God to put himself in this position of serving his followers. But beautiful Jesus was demonstrating his final lesson. It was a lesson within a lesson:
Lesson 1 – We need to serve others, like Jesus served his friends.
Lesson 2 – We cannot serve others, unless we allow Jesus to serve us first.
Peter exclaimed, “you will never wash my feet, Lord. Never!” On the surface it seems like a noble and humble statement. Peter clearly understands his place. But Jesus responds to Peter, saying: “if you won’t allow me to serve you Peter, you can have no part in what I am doing.” (Verse 8).
Wow. What a statement! In the Amplified Bible, it is an even stronger statement. Jesus says that they could have nothing to do with each other, unless Peter would humble himself to allow Jesus to wash his feet.
Peter said, “Well in that case, wash ALL of me!” But Jesus said that he didn’t need to be cleaned. Peter was already clean, it was only his feet that needed a wash.
Think about all the places your feet has taken you. Today. This week. This month. This year. Maybe those places were fantastic! Maybe your feet took you to places where you experienced huge blessings and great joy. But I am fairly sure that there may have also been places of disappointment. Maybe even doubt and fear.
We are exposed to all sorts of experiences on a daily basis. Our feet may take us to places we never intented to go. We may even be covered in the dust of our own mistakes. That is why we need to sit with Jesus, and allow him to wash our feet.
Needing time with him, doesn’t mean that we are unclean. His sacrifice made us squeaky clean for eternity. It is those dusty little trails of life that often stick to our tired feet, making us believe that we are not qualified to share in the plans and purposes of God. But we just need a little bit of time with Jesus.
We might need to let go of our pride and in humility expose our grubby feet and allow him to make them beautiful again. That is the only way that we can be in partnership with him and carry the news to the rest of the world: that he is truly good.
Having my treatment today, was wonderful, once I got over my embarrassment. It was like I was walking on air, for real! Ha! Today, I pray that we will have the courage to bring ourselves, messy feet and all, before the Lord and allow him to serve us, in the special way that only he can.
Today I hear the Father beckon: “Beautiful Child, it is time to put down the burden of having to be perfect for me. There is a time for taking a break from serving, and allowing me to serve you. Let me wash away the worry, the fear, the disappointment, the doubt. Let me remind you, and even show you, that you have beautiful feet. Feet that were called to walk the path I marked out for you. So that you can have a share in my Kingdom. For I love you, with an everlasting love.” ❤