Saturday, January 13, 2018

What Does "Washing Feet" Mean Today?

In Jesus’ day people wore sandals and walked on dusty roads which made their feet filthy. This made it necessary for their feet to be washed every day. At the last supper, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and said, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash on another’s feet. For I have given you an example that you should do as I have done to you” (John 13:14-15).

Jesus did this to leave us “an example.” Does this mean we should be washing people’s feet today? In those days they walked on dirty roads. Today we ride in cars on paved roads, so there’s no need to wash feet. I know of a church that washes people feet every Sunday because Jesus said this. They miss the point. It’s an example that goes beyond changes in culture.

First, it’s an example of humility. In those days washing other people’s feet was a slave’s job. Jesus said, “A slave is not greater than his master” (13:16) and washed their feet. If no job was too humiliating for Jesus, no job should be beneath us.

Second, it’s an example of serving others. Jesus did not say, “If I wash your feet, you can serve Me by washing My feet.” He said wash other people's feet. In other words, the way we serve God is to serve others. So what does “washing feet” mean today? 

It could mean mowing someone’s yard, cleaning a bathroom, fixing someone’s flat tire, shoveling snow off your neighbor’s driveway, or taking a meal to a sick person. Ask God what He wants you to do. So have you washed any feet lately?  www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com www.makinglifecount.net
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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Every Knee Will Bow

December 17, 2017 marked the 6th anniversary of the death of Kim Jong-il, the former leader of the North Korea and father of current dictator Kim Jong-un. In freezing weather, thousands of North Koreans carrying flowers bowed down to two enormous bronze statues of Kim Jong-un’s father and grandfather (see photo).

It reminds me of when Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar built a gigantic statue and commanded everyone to bow down to it (Dan. 3:1-27). Three Jewish captives, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to bow to it and were thrown into a fiery furnace. God protected and rescued them from the fire.

One day every knee will bow to Jesus. “At the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father" (Phil.2:10-11).

Think about it. Everyone in history will bow their knees to Him. When will this happen? His followers will joyfully do this—perhaps at the moment we enter heaven or possibly at the Judgment Seat of Christ when we are rewarded (2 Cor. 5:10). Satan and every demon will also bow and confess Jesus is Lord. Everyone who rejected Him will defiantly admit He is Lord at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev. 20:11-15). This doesn’t mean they will be saved at this time but it will be a confession they were wrong and that He is Lord.

No one has to bow grudgingly. If we’ll willingly “bow now” and receive Him as Lord we’ll joyfully worship Him when we see Him face to face. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com www.makinglifecount.net
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