Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | November 18, 2021

Grab A Basin & A Towel

“Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” John 13:7 (NIV)

Jesus was with His disciples just before the Passover Festival, sharing an evening meal with them. He knew what awaited Him; yet His main concern was to continue to love and teach them until He had no more time to do so before returning to the Father. He could have secluded Himself to a place where He could be alone and pray, but instead, He chose to be with them, His followers.

Jesus, who had been seated at the table, got up from His place, grabbed a basin of water and a towel, and started to wash His disciples’ feet. Peter, feeling unworthy of having his Master wash his stinky feet, inquired on what Jesus was doing. Of course, he would… someone usually becomes very inquisitive when he or she does not understand the “what” or “why” of something.

Has a situation like this ever happened to you? I mean, has someone ever questioned you about something you felt needed to be done and you didn’t really have the time or frame of mind to explain why? Say, have you ever prepared a tub filled with sudsy warm water for a child to bathe in and that child questioned why she had to get in there at that exact time? Has your child ever argued with you over the need to sit at the table and face the plate of food that was placed in front of her? If either situation has happened to you, then you get the picture, right? Children must be bathed and fed, and this is a fact.

Jesus had a mission to fulfill and was pressed for time. He wanted to leave them a legacy of service by washing their feet and was not concerned about explaining why. Sometimes, our hearts feel the need to do something led by the Holy Spirit and we don’t follow through because we get hung up on the questioning instead of the doing. Is Jesus wanting to wash your feet? Let Him! Is He telling you to wash your neighbor’s feet? Don’t argue it. Grab your basin and your towel and be Jesus to them.

 “Thank You, Lord, for being the water that cleanses us from our sins. Amen.”

 For His Glory


Luska Natali
TRBC Women’s Life

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