Thursday, July 22, 2010

Dirty Feet

Like Eve, I cover myself and hide away.
Because every day, I am more and more aware of my unworthiness.
My guilt and shame consumes me.

I look down and see my dirty feet, cracked and soiled and unpresentable.


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I hide them. Then I hide my hands. Then my thighs. Then my face. My hair. My eyes. My soul. Everything.

"He poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet.
"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!'"

We speak of repentance, and I feel my soul crushed by my need for repentance. I want to repent every day of every thing, but I feel that my efforts are never good enough. My prayers are never enough. I am still crushed. Like Peter, I cry out to my Father, "Clean all of me, Lord!"

"Jesus answered, "A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet;
his whole body is clean."

Jesus has already cleansed me.
I have already been forgiven.

But I still have dirty feet.

Repentance is good news.
It is recognizing where we have dirty feet,
and recognizing the horror if we keep those feet dirty.

Thank me.
Call out.
And I will save you.


(Thanks to Rev. John McElwain for his inspiration and teaching on this topic.)


3 comments:

  1. I want to share something Pastor Kathy told me this week (well, my paraphrase of it).

    When we've repented, when we've gone to Jesus over and over again with our "dirty feet," and still the same sins continue to haunt us (I'm not talking about new instances of the same sorts of things so much as continued guilt over the same things), that's when we need to be open with other believers who we trust, and know to be prayerful, compassionate people, and ask them to come along side us in our prayers. Somewhere, I don't recall where, the Bible tells us that one believer can triumph over 1000 demons in the name of Christ; two believers overcome 10,000. It's an exponential increase in power when we join together. When you get home and get settled in a bit, I'd love to get together with you and share some of the materials we've been using in our discipleship class. They are being incredibly transformative for me, and I think they might be affirmative or transformative for you, too.

    Here's something else (and I'm still paraphrasing--I didn't come up with this stuff on my own)--

    Loneliness, illness and grief can be debilitating in every way. They threaten to swallow us up and, sometimes, no amount of prayer or self-talk seems to change how we feel.

    But someone who truly KNOWS God’s love, God’s power, and God’s grace can come alongside us and be God’s and God’s hands, and we are mysteriously lifted up, encouraged. We are not alone, someone understands, someone cares. We can keep on keeping on.

    Hebrews 12:1b says, “…let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

    When most would think that the problems we face are our race, by God's grace, we know they are not. These are just the hurdles along the race. Our job is to stay focused on the finish line of our race for His kingdom, and we may not be fast, but we have nice long legs (and people to lift us up when our legs aren't long enough!) for the hurdles that come our way! Here’s to perseverance in all life’s hurdles in the race marked out for us!

    You are so beautiful. I love you.

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  2. There is this onebook that seems interesting to read that maybe i'll read eventually called "Jesus with Dirty Feet"

    anyway, great entry!

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  3. I want to share something Pastor Kathy told me this week (well, my paraphrase of it).

    When we've repented, when we've gone to Jesus over and over again with our "dirty feet," and still the same sins continue to haunt us (I'm not talking about new instances of the same sorts of things so much as continued guilt over the same things), that's when we need to be open with other believers who we trust, and know to be prayerful, compassionate people, and ask them to come along side us in our prayers. Somewhere, I don't recall where, the Bible tells us that one believer can triumph over 1000 demons in the name of Christ; two believers overcome 10,000. It's an exponential increase in power when we join together. When you get home and get settled in a bit, I'd love to get together with you and share some of the materials we've been using in our discipleship class. They are being incredibly transformative for me, and I think they might be affirmative or transformative for you, too.

    Here's something else (and I'm still paraphrasing--I didn't come up with this stuff on my own)--

    Loneliness, illness and grief can be debilitating in every way. They threaten to swallow us up and, sometimes, no amount of prayer or self-talk seems to change how we feel.

    But someone who truly KNOWS God’s love, God’s power, and God’s grace can come alongside us and be God’s and God’s hands, and we are mysteriously lifted up, encouraged. We are not alone, someone understands, someone cares. We can keep on keeping on.

    Hebrews 12:1b says, “…let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

    When most would think that the problems we face are our race, by God's grace, we know they are not. These are just the hurdles along the race. Our job is to stay focused on the finish line of our race for His kingdom, and we may not be fast, but we have nice long legs (and people to lift us up when our legs aren't long enough!) for the hurdles that come our way! Here’s to perseverance in all life’s hurdles in the race marked out for us!

    You are so beautiful. I love you.

    ReplyDelete

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