John 13:10 “Jesus answered, ‘A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean…’ "
Throughout the Gospels we see how Jesus worshiped God, prayed, and knew the Scriptures. We already know from Mark 1:35 and other Scriptures how Jesus repeatedly spent time with God in the morning: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.” In Luke 21:37 and other Scriptures we see how Jesus ended the day spending time with God: “Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening He went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives.” John 13:10 helps us understand why spending time with God at the end of the day was important to Jesus.
Think of your day. Your day results in a lot of dirt dumped on you from frustrations, difficulties in living out the mechanics of life, other’s sinfulness being “bestowed” on you, your sinfulness creating havoc, etc. You begin each day praising God, confessing sin, thanking God, and placing your needs before Him. But should you spend each night (a third of your day) carrying the weight of life to bed? This truth has invigorated my sleep, faith, and walk with Christ. I now go to bed praising God, specifically confessing sin, and enlisting God’s help in dealing with the “things of life” and the upcoming day. This practice removes a tremendous weight from my shoulders, heart, mind, and conscience each night.
I think the washing of the feet refers to our constant need of cleansing from the grunge of daily life. This is a powerful truth on how to end each day. Confess and ask forgiveness for sins. Pray through conflict and challenges. Praise and thank God for His work and life. Transfer your worries, fears, and challenges to God. Entrust God with the ultimate resolution of those things that are eroding your life. Ending the day this way allows you to enter the next day with a clean slate. At salvation we receive a new heart and are made clean. That is why the body does not need to be washed. Despite our new heart, life continues to dirty our feet. I believe this short habit will add a new vibrancy to your life in Christ. Allow God to take control of your night, so that your morning time with God is more vibrant than ever!
Psalm 4:4 “In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.”
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