Concerning the Return of the King part 1

There are all kinds of voices talking today about the return of our King, Jesus Christ.  Some say He will come prior to the Great Tribulation, others say He will come in the middle of it, while others declare He will return at the end of it.  Then there are the pre-millennialists, the post-millennialists, and the a-millennialists.  Some point to this one as being the anti-christ, others point to someone else.  And the trouble is, they can all argue their point quite convincingly!  So in this post, I want us to quietly consider the first of three important things concerning the return of the King.

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Washing Feet

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A Time of Ministry

Recently my wife and I had the opportunity to share the things of God with a group of folks in another community.  I shared the Word of God and then prayed with several people.  It was amazing to see how the Lord moved in the people’s live.  We had a great time of ministry.

A New Insight

The next morning as I got quiet before the Lord, He asked me a question that opened a whole new line of thinking for me.

“Did you enjoy washing feet last night?”

Words cannot describe how this question impacted me.  As His question (and a few other things He said) penetrated my consciousness, I saw something I don’t believe I had ever seen before.

All ministry is about washing feet.

Whenever we minister to another, whether by the Word or by the Spirit, they are being cleansed from the defiling dust of wrong attitudes, wrong beliefs, judgments, rejections, fears, sins, illnesses, etc. that are picked up from walking in this fallen world. When our heart is to serve through love, the King can do amazing things through even the simplest act of kindness. He can cause cleansing and healing to take place on levels we know nothing about.  Interesting, huh?

The Example

In the culture of Christ’s day, foot washing was the lowliest task performed by a slave.  The King set the example of loving service by washing the feet of His disciples and instructing them to do the same for one another (see John 13:1 – 17).  Some groups have take this literally and hold actual foot washing services.  That’s fine.  For me, this insight from the Lord put a whole new twist on things.  I don’t think I will ever look at ministry the same way again.  Serving the King by washing the feet of others, however we do it, is another facet of living in the Reign.

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Just One Word

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When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”

“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear!  Luke 5:4 – 6 NLT

One word from the Lord changes everything.  Simon and his partners (fishermen by trade) had done everything they could do in their own strength.  Their results?

Zero.

Yet by obeying one simple command from King Jesus, a command that made no sense to them, they experienced results beyond their wildest dreams.

What have you exhausted yourself on without seeing results?  Why not stop your striving, look up, and listen to what the Lord has to say about it?  Be sure to follow it through, even if it makes no sense at the moment.  Obey Him and see what He does.  That’s called living in the Reign.

M

A Prime Example

In a previous post I discussed those who had given up their rightful freedoms in order to wholly be given up to the will of another.  They had turned a deaf ear to all other voices in order to listen only to the voice of their master.  This is what the Lord is looking for from each of His followers.  If we want to see a prime example of how this works out in practical terms, all we have to do is look to Mary the mother of the King.

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