21 And He was saying to them, “A lamp is not brought to be put under a basket, is it, or under a bed? Is it not brought to be put on the lampstand? 22 For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”
I have developed a new routine lately, in the mornings. I open my front door just as the sun in shining through the full-pane glass window. I use that light to see as I sweep the entire, huge, wood floor. I do this virtually everyday, and you would not believe how much dirt and dust can accumulate in a 24 hour period. Some days I just don’t feel like bothering, or I’m super busy that day and don’t have time. It is on those days that I just close the door, so I don’t have to look at it. As I was doing the sweeping this morning, it reminded me of what Jesus said to Peter about washing his feet at the Last Supper.
s6 So He *came to Simon Peter. He *said to Him, “Lord, do You wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.” 8 Peter *said to Him, “Never shall You wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” 9 Simon Peter *said to Him, “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.” 10 Jesus *said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean. (John 13:6-10)
When the Light of Christ’s Word shines into my life, it exposes things that need to be taken care of. I don’t think I ever go through a single day, where I don’t have to confess something to Jesus and have Him cleanse me. Now I know that I am already saved and all my sins are forgiven already. But cleansing, well now cleansing is a daily thing. We read in 1 John 1:5-9
God Is Light
5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.
We see here that God forgives us and He cleanses us from all unrighteousness. It’s like Jesus told Peter, “He who is clean, need only wash his feet.” I get my spiritual feet dirty everyday, just like my kitchen floor. I need to have my spiritual feet washed regularly. Someone once told me that confession is agreeing with God about my sin. When God points something out in my life, I simply must say, “You know God, You’re right!” I agree with His assessment, confess it and He cleanses me from all the unrighteousness associated with that sin. Sin takes on so many various forms. Perhaps I’ve had bad thoughts about someone. Or maybe I have spoken unkind words. I am not so nice to bad drivers. They don’t hear me and what I say, but God does. There are as many ways to get my feet dirty as there are kinds of dirt.
The point is, I need my Precious God to cleanse me often, from all of the little particles of sin I pick up along the way, each day. I am forgiven, the Blood of Jesus Christ cleanses me from all sin; but I do need to have my feet washed by Him as well. As long as I am in this world, I will accumulate dust and dirt, it’s unavoidable, but He promises to cleanse me from all that “stuff” as well. It is so refreshing to be cleansed, like a hot shower. I believe that confession is a form of praise to God, for without the Precious Blood of Christ, there would be no forgiveness, no cleansing, so hope.
Thank You, Precious Jesus, for washing my feet and making me so clean, for all time and for everyday. Amen and Amen