John 13:8 Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”
Most Christians are familiar with the story of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet. As Jesus went down the line cleaning each foot no one complained until He came to Peter. Peter questioned Jesus, “Are you going to wash my feet too?” And Jesus’answer to Peter is of unlimited importance to all of us. “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” If Jesus does not wash you, you have no part with Him.
Scripture has a lot to say about clean and unclean things. Whatever is unclean is unacceptable to God, but whatever God has cleansed we should not call unclean. (Acts 10:15) Peter’s problem was that he felt it would disgrace Jesus if Peter allowed Him to clean his feet. But Peter’s false humility was just a form of pride. We cannot be so prideful that we refuse to allow Jesus to wash us. We cannot cleanse ourselves of sin. If we do not humble ourselves and allow Jesus to wash our sins away, we have no part with Him.
When Peter finally understood that he responded well. “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!” (John 13:9) Wash all of me, Lord. But Jesus told Peter he was already clean. That happened when Peter first believed. Peter, however, still needed his feet washed. The same is true of us. Our sins were washed away when we first believed in Christ. But like Peter, we are all going to step in some sin as we walk through this life, and when that happens Jesus is
continually washing us. Jesus said to Peter (just as He says to us), “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean…” (John 13:10) If you have been washed clean of your sin by your faith in Jesus, don’t be so prideful that you refuse to allow Him to wash your feet. Even clean believers get their feet dirty now and again. We still need our feet washed.
Have a God Filled Week,