John 13:3-9 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
When Jesus approached Peter to wash his feet, Peter didn’t get it. He didn’t understand. Jesus said as much. As Christians, are we not like Peter? Do we have faith, but lack the understanding to follow that faith? If Peter can miss the point; certainly, we can.
Recently, I read Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene and the writer makes this point about Peter as well. He says Peter was an “all or nothing” person. At first, he refused to let Jesus wash his feet, then when the Lord told him that he must cleanse them, he overdid things in the other extreme.
Sometimes, we can get discouraged in our faith because we can only see the things we want, and when God doesn’t provide them according to our plans we abandon them. It is at this point that we should remember that all things are in His power. He has a plan and part of faith is submitting to that plan.
God’s Grace extends the offer of cleansing to each of us. Rather than hand God a laundry list of demands, let’s remember to thank him for the care and planning he has already given to our needs.
When the Lord approaches you to wash your feet, Let him.