|NOT JUST MY FEET, LORD---MY HANDS AND HEART, TOO
Music Download: King Of Kings
Suppose you lived two thousand years ago in a dry, desert type area,
and had chores to go and things to do. There were no cars, and thus no highways as we know them. Rather there were paths
where you walked, and they were dusty, and you wore sandals. That’s why it was common that when you visited a friend,
there was a container near the door for rinsing the dust off visitor’s feet. And from what I read, it seems that it
might be common for the person you were visiting, or a person designated if it was affordable, to do that rinsing for you,
showing friendship in doing so.
That practice is shown in the Bible, in the seventh chapter of Luke, when a woman came and washed the feet of Jesus, and in
the 13th chapter of John, where Jesus Himself washed the feet of his Apostles. You may recall that at first, Peter had no
intention of Christ washing his feet. And you know…personally, I would have felt just like Peter. It reminds me of
a woman applying for a cleaning job, but gave notice that "I don’t do windows." Peter was saying, "I
don’t do feet." But Jesus said, "if I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me." And Peter gave in.
And minutes later, after Jesus had washed the feet of all of them, He said, "If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed
your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet." He was saying that we should love our neighbors as ourselves.
This is rarely done today, and when it is, it’s
in remembrance of Christ’s attitude. Jesus was teaching us not to let pride replace love.
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.