Monday, May 4, 2015

Everything

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Sometimes I have these moments when everything (or at least the thing I've come back around to again and again for the last while) well it just clicks. That one missing piece falls into place and suddenly there it is, that moment of clarity I've been hunting for.

Today it came, as it often does, in the form of my pastor's sermon ("Fruit-full Part 1: Love") and we visited a familiar scene to look at it in a different light:

"It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world. It was time for him to go to the Father. Jesus loved his disciples who were in the world. So he now showed them how much he really loved them..." (John 13:1 NIRV) and Jesus washed his disciples' feet.

We know this story. We may have even participated in one of those awkward feet-washings, but the point my pastor was trying to make was that here we have Jesus, in His final hours, filled with love for his disciples, who were not exactly at their most lovable (once again arguing about who was the greatest - and presumably who was the least and therefore the one to do the washing) and He wanted to show them his love, "the full extent of His great love" was what I have written in my notes, Jesus was setting Himself up to make a last grand gesture and he demonstrated it by doing the lowly thing, the thing that has to be done over and over, day after day. The unnoticed, seemingly unimportant thing. That's the thing Jesus choose to demonstrate His great love for His disciples. And in I'm being honest here, I'm just a little bit like "really Jesus? This is how you choose to show your great love?" Seriously? Washing feet? 

But as I began to see this story in a new light I realize that if anyone knows about this kind of love it's a mother. Basically our entire lives are spent on this kind of thing, the lowly, unnoticed thing. The kind of thing that goes more or less un-respected (if that is a word) and unappreciated. We are the sandwich makers, the diaper changers, the laundry folders, the dish washers, the floor moppers. We spend our energy, our days, our lives on these repetitive nothingsWe are the feet-washers. 

Yet in all of this nothing Jesus is turning to us and inviting us in. He is turning our mundane into something sacred. We are the foot washers now. The lovers of little (and big) lives.

This is the space into which Jesus invites us. This space in which He is demonstrating His great love. This same space in which we demonstrate His love (and ours) for our families. Through this seemingly insignificant act Jesus turns our kitchen sinks into holy ground.

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Jesus said "I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet. So you also should wash one another's feet. I have given you an example. You should do as I have done for you. What I'm about to tell you is true. A servant is not more important than his master. And a messenger is not more important than the one who sends him. Now you know these things. So you will be blessed if you do them. (John 13:14-17 NIRV)

He told us all that this is how we should love each other. By doing the thing that no one else wants to do. The unnoticed, unappreciated thing, day after day, week after week. He set the example for us. He bushwhacked the path of true love for us and it doesn't look romantic or idyllic it looks dirty and lowly and ordinary.

But isn't that the context in which we find ourselves? In ordinary moments of selflessness and service for those we love? Jesus is drawing us, inviting me into seeing these moments through His eyes. To see them as what they really are. That all of this stuff that seems like nothing is, in His eyes, everything.


"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men (Philippians 2:5-7 ESV)

He chose this path. He emptied Himself. He chose the role of servant. He chose the nothing of this world - knowing that it was truly everything. He gave up splendor and He chose mundane. He chose lowly, he chose unseen and unheard. He chose to show us love and He invites us to love like He did.

3 comments:

  1. I love this, Faith!!! Thanks for sharing this!

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  2. Faith, I LOVE this post. My symbol of ministry is a basin and towel and is focused around this text. God calls us all to wash the feet of all Gods people. :)

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  3. This was powerful Faith! I needed it.

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