Jesus took off His Robe, the Robe of Royalty, Majesty and His Rightful place as King of Kings; picked up a servant’s towel wrapped it around His waist; bent down and sat at the feet of His servant Peter, and began washing his feet. Peter protested with shame and disgrace; for he knew how dirty he was; and the humiliation was unbearable. Jesus said, “Unless I wash you, you have no part of Me.” (John13:7:10)
There are things in our hearts that have been untouched, unclean and left unearthed; you would rather leave it hidden underneath the crust old bandages. Every now and again, you soothe it with ointments of new books, new friends or a preacher who preaches flattery; they are called, “ soothsayers.” Sure they will tell you what you want to hear, put another bandage on you and send you on your way. You will be fine for a couple of days, or at least until someone comes along and reopens the wounds. Quarantined in self realization you will justify and reason with your own understanding until the wound begins fester with disgrace.
You will cry out to God and beg Him not to take you back to that place of humiliation and shame; this place where you just can not go back too. It can be a place you would rather die than go back too. You will protest to the Lord that you just can not handle that place ever again. You will say that the Lord took you out of this place and He said He will never take you there again! The Valley of Baca, (Rephaim 2Samuel5:18-24).
Psalm 84: How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! 2 My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the Living God. 3 Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young- a place near Your alter, O Lord Almighty, my King and my God. 4 Blessed are those who dwell in Your House; they are every praising You. 5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. 6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. 7 They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. 8 Hear my prayer, O Lord God Almighty; listen to me, O God of Jacob. 9 Look upon my shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one. 10 Better is one in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. 11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless. 12 O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in You.
Free Will Offering
Freewill offering spontaneously presented in worship and praise. (Nelson’s New Illustration Bible Dictionary)
An act of worship is trusting Jesus; knowing what He is doing is good. Having the knowledge and full confidence that in all things He will be glorified and therefore we praise His glorious Name, even in the valley of humiliation.
I struggled for a long time with my calling from the Lord. He called me to be a servant. No, “A Servant” a housecleaner. Jesus said, “As you clean the physical house, I will clean the innermost parts of your heart; the details are Mine, lean not on your own understanding. Walk with Me in trust steps; focus your thoughts on Me with thankfulness and supplication. I will take care of you, don’t be afraid. (Mark 10:45, Mark 9:35)
Breakthrough (2 Samuel 5:18-24)
This morning Jesus told me to go to the church office. He did not tell me why I should go; but on my way out I thought maybe I should put on my working shoes, then I chuckled and said, “Lord, am I going to clean the church office, how I am going to present this to the leaders?” So on I went, and yes, I cleaned the Church Office without hesitation on their part. I left feeling a wonderful feeling of joy and peace, then Jesus said, “Free Will Offering” Later as I pondered on the victorious day, Jesus said, “You had a breakthrough”
You see, most of the time your enemy is self-consciousness’, pride, covetous, resentment which turns into bitterness. These are things that need to be cleansed, unless Jesus cleanses you, you cannot be clean. The Blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us of all sins when you confess; and the only place you can go is to the Cross of Jesus Christ, humiliated because the King of Kings, the Lord of Glory came in the flesh and took a servants towel, a lowly position and washed the feet of filth. He took upon Himself, our disgrace and shame and shed His Own Blood as a Free Will Offering to God. Should you protest, “No Lord, you can not cleanse me, I am to ashamed, I am filthy”
No, God sent His Son, He sent us A Savior. The Redeemer, who redeemed us from the punishment of sins, which is death and gave us life. And yes, you should be ashamed for your sins, but truly grateful that Jesus is able and willing to cleanse you of all your sins.
Lord, grant me the gift of repentance, give me holy sorrow for my sins. I acknowledge that Your Only Begotten Son died on the Cross and I have been Redeemed through His Death, and when He rose from the dead, I too, have risen from death to life in Him. Amen. (Luke 20:35-38)