“Feet have heels. Feet have toenails. Bunions and fungus. Corns and Calluses. and planter warts! Some large enough to warrant a zip code. Feet have little Piggies that go ‘wee, wee, wee, all the way home.’ Forgive me, you people of the ped, society of the sole, but I”m not outnumbered among you. Feet smell bad and look ugly, which, I believe, is the point of this story.” Max Lucado—GRACE
I couldn’t have said it any better myself. Feet are gross but that didn’t stop Jesus. The story that Mr. Lucado is referring to is found in John 13. It recounts the events of the night before Jesus’s death.
The disciples and Jesus met in the Upper Room to share a meal. The guys were sitting around the table when Jesus got up. He went to the corner of the room and grabbed a towel and basin of water. He was going to wash the disciples’ feet. This was the job of a slave.
Jesus, the Son of God, bent down and washed twenty-four dusty, grimy, stinky feet. The feet of betraying, denying, doubting, prideful, judgemental, short-tempered men. Really? Yeah. it happened. Jesus served these guys in the most humble way when they didn’t deserve it. He washed their freaking feet! How many people can say that? It’s not a fun job. It’s not pleasant in the least bit, but the Son of God got on his hands and knees to do it. It’s a humbling experience to say the least. Having someone more powerful, influential, gracious, loving, fair and respectable bending down to serve you? Yeah, you don’t deserve that. None of us do, but there’s this great thing called grace.
“Grace has happened to you. Look at your feet. They are wet, grace soaked. Your toes and arches and heels have felt the cool basin of God’s grace. Jesus has washed the grimiest parts of your life. He didn’t bypass you and carry the basin toward someone else. If grace were a wheatfield, he’s bequeathed you the state of Kansas. Can’t you share your grace with others?” (GRACE, Lucado).
“Since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.” (John 13:14-15 NLT)
You think this applies to ourselves? Of course it does!!! Are you a better judge of yourself than God is? No, I don’t think so. God has let go of all that crap in your life that you’re ashamed of. That you deem unforgivable. He’s put it as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:10-12). You realize nothing can separate you from his love (Romans 8:38-39)? Nothing you could do can possibly make him love you any more or less. You’re secure in him. Think about David. He did some things he shouldn’t have. Adultery, deception and murder. He could have stopped himself but he didn’t. Did that stop God from loving him? No. David was known as a man after God’s own heart!
I want y’all to know that God’s grace is very real. It’s not just something we read about in Bible stories. He loves you more than you can imagine. He wants a relationship with you. He wants to work in your life but until you accept the fact that you can’t do anything to change His mind, you’re stuck. You are wallowing in your guilt, pity and shame. You’re living in the past. God has already let go of all of that stuff.
When God looks at us, He doesn’t see the crap in our past; He sees Jesus. Why? Because Jesus owned up to all of our sins, regrets, and mistakes. He covered us with his blood. He jumped in front in of the bullet or truck about to hit us. He took the heat for our actions.
“God is taking a mess you got into and turning it into something so good for you. If that isn’t love, I don’t know what love is.” Genesis 50:20 also says something to that effect. God uses all of the crappy things in our life to glorify himself. He’s drawing us nearer to him through these things.
If you can understand and accept the fact that you need God’s grace, then all you have to do is trust him. He will work in your life. He will get you through your situation, no matter how terrible you think it is or how bad you feel. We have no right to say God isn’t big enough to forgive us. His forgiveness is promised and delivered if you’ve confessed and asked for it. If he has forgiven us, the sin is gone. That’s it. There is nothing else for us to forgive. So, let it go and move on. Know that you are covered by the grace of God and that He will always love you. Always.