• William T. Howe Ph.D.

November 10, 2021

Daily Reading: John 13-15

John 13:8

Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.

About a thousand years before Peter stated that Jesus would never wash his feet, Solomon wrote: Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. (Ecclesiastes 5:2) But then again, Peter was only a fisherman; perhaps he did not know anything about Solomon’s writings. Yet there he was, being rash with his mouth. Jesus donning the attire of a servant began washing the disciples’ feet. Give Peter some credit here, he knew that it should have been the other way around. He was the Lord’s servant, if there was going to be any foot washing going on, he should have been washing the Lord’s feet.

Jesus rebuked him tactfully. If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Now, one thing can be said for Peter, not only was he quick to speak, but he was also quick to learn. Once Jesus “set him straight” the apostle replied: Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Then the Lord had to sort that out too!

In this story, Peter demonstrated an aspect of the Christian life that many fail to possess. He was able to learn and when needed, he was willing to change. This is an attribute for any and all who come to Christ. Many want to go to heaven, but they do not want to change anything about their life here on earth. Yet the Bible states clearly that those in Christ are new creatures, old things are passed away, that they are to be conformed to the image of God’s Son, and so many other verses that illustrate that a change will take place in each person that places their trust in Him. Yet, let the preacher preach on something that challenges even one aspect of a person’s philosophy or practice in life, then watch out! Happens all the time, or used to when pastors actually called sin that which it is, sin.

But that is another topic for another day. Today consider this, if God’s Word opposes that which you say you will never do or be, would you change that? Peter did. What a man!

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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