Happiness often seems to allude us. There are all sorts of things or situations that we know makes us happy: vacation time, reading a good book, watching a favorite old film, coffee with a friend, working on your hobby, plus a whole lot more. There is much in this physical world to make us happy, but how do we remain happy in our spiritual worlds?
Do you remember those times when the presence of God was so sweet? Perhaps you were worshipping through song; the notes rising and falling, creating a swell of delight in your innermost being, the words probing thoughts of intimacy with the One you love so much. Maybe His presence seemed closest as you were walking alone with Him in the beautiful nature He created. Such moments may have come while reading something in His Word that gave a needed direction, or a reminder of His infinite love for you. Those moments are strengthening in courage, faith building, sweet in fellowship. We adore those moments — but they don’t seem to last. Why?
It could be a matter of washing your feet. You remember the story of Jesus when He washed His disciples feet? It’s recorded in John 13. The disciples were astonished and probably a little embarrassed that they had not thought to wash Jesus’ feet. It was culturally good behavior in that time and place to wash the feet of one’s visitors. You see, everyone wore sandals, and roads were dusty. Therefore, the washing of one’s feet upon arrival was refreshing for the guest and a good idea for the host in keeping the home clean.
The disciples felt badly that they had not thought to be so kind as to wash the feet of Jesus, but Jesus took the opportunity to teach a spiritual lesson. You see, when any of us comes to Jesus, believing that He came to die on the cross to pay for our sins, and asks His forgiveness, He cleanses us from all sin — a Holy bath. Then, by the Holy Spirit, He takes up residence in our lives. We are spiritually born again. “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” II Corinthians 5:17 We are forgiven and clean; however, we still live in a sinful world. In other words, as we walk through the days of our lives, we get our feet dirty. We don’t need another bath, but as we walk in the world, being tempted by and succumbing to its sinful lure, we need to have our feet washed.
As soon as we know our feet need to be washed; ask Father, with a heart of true repentance, for His forgiveness. He will immediately wash your dirty feet, restoring your joy once again in the sweetness of His forever forgiveness and love. There is a level of intimacy with Jesus that one can never fully attain without understanding — the matter of washing your feet.