He can declare you clean

“Jesus said to him, "The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.”
John 13:10 ESV

What does it mean to be clean? How could Jesus declare that 11 of the twelve were "clean" when just a few moments before they were bickering over who was the greatest. How could Jesus declare those men clean who were about to desert him? How was Peter, who in a few short hours would emphatically deny his Lord, clean?

None of the disciples understood Christ's mission, but a genuine faith bound 11 of the 12 to Him. They had grown to love their master, they believed in him enough to remain with him even amid great confusion and peril. No where else had they encountered the love and wisdom which emanated from Jesus. They were clean because to the best of their ability, they believed in him and where following him.

As that final meal revealed, all 12 of the disciples harbored desires for personal greatness. Jesus in washing their feet that night gently rebuked their pride and unwillingness to serve one another. This gentle rebuke worked repentance in the hearts of all but one.

We are not polluted because of sins committed, we are polluted because no good thing dwells in us apart from a connection with Christ and the robe of righteousness he desires to cover us with. Our focus should not be, "don't step in the muck!" But rather upon maintaining a connection with the one who declares us clean.

When we are by faith seeking to follow Jesus, we will step off the path at times and slip in the muck. This does not render us unclean. It is what we do when Jesus comes to humbly wash our feet that determines our cleanliness. If our hearts are His then we will respond to his gentle call to turn back and accept his fellowship. Will you let Jesus wash your feet and declare you clean throughout?

Do not constantly fret over the condition of your acceptance before God. His favor is not so easily lost. If you want him and you are seeking him, don't allow the accuser to convince you he has rejected you. See the tender face of the one who desires to declare you clean. Let him wash your feet then rejoice in his acceptance and love.

Still Seeking His Face,
Pastor Andrew

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