I absolutely love this time of year. I find the birth of Jesus Christ to be absolutely fascinating. The thought that God took upon Himself flesh and dwelt among us simply staggers the imagination. For many, however, Christmas merely conjures up sentimental thoughts of a young mother and her child on a quiet night in less than perfect circumstances. While that is certainly part of the story, it is so much more than that. The day Christ was born was the day that changed everything.
It is appalling to think how few “Christians” really understand what the Christian life is all about. Having been told that it is all about having your sins forgiven so you can go to Heaven when you die, they pretty much live like the rest of the world on any given day except Sunday. The apostle Paul directly challenges that way of doing life.
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.
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?
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.