Everyone is scattered and scared. So, today I am pushing past fear to ask God to show me what I can do to love well in a wrecked and wounded world. I have a lot of questions, but more than anything I’m in a really good place to listen.
How will anyone know that we are actually the loving ones who truly and deeply care and shoulder concern for one another?
I felt myself sinking from the noise, completely wrecked each time I turn on the news. My tears are not enough. Truth be told, now more than ever this world needs a really good picture of what real love without limits looks like. So, I opened the Word of God because it’s alive and able to fix the broken things in our hearts, homes, and our world. I started asking, again, how we as believers can be known as a loving people. To speak for those who are afraid. Protect those who feel vulnerable and invisible.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13: 34-35 NKJV)
Jesus shares this passage with his disciples, but before that, he washed their dirty feet in holy service to them. He washes their unclean feet and tells them that they are not quite there yet. They have yet to truly comprehend what crucified- laying your life down for others- love is truly like. Even though it was hard for them to understand, they still felt comfortable enough to question the Jesus they knew, loved, and followed.
“What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” (John 13: 7)
So…why are you doing this, Jesus?
To give us an example of a Savior who serves selflessly.
I turn to John 14 and fire returns to my bones. Hope swells as I read about answered prayer and that we could actually do greater works than the one who washed dirty feet and laid down his life. It’s too much to take in, but I believe it because he said it. Now, we just have to figure out how to live like that and be gutsy enough to actually do it.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.” (John 14: 12-15)
I show fear the door because I have no more room in my soul-space as I continued reading in verse 16 about our “Helper” and that this helper dwells in us. (vs. 17)
My fear fades because I know he will not leave us orphans, alone or stranded. (vs. 18)
My hope becomes a little sturdier with each passage and prayer. So, today I’m asking My Helper to show me how to love a little deeper in tangible ways. I pray that he will lead me to dirty feet and I’ll show them that I have dirty feet, too. And, maybe together we could wash and love and serve like Jesus did.
We have a lot of work to do. I just want to love you and for you to see the proof of that because I need you. And, you need a gutsy, Jesus-loving (and excessively huggy) friend who is in this with you.
So much love to you.