Posted by: everynation | September 28, 2008

Dirty Feet

by Jeff Bullock

John 13:10 Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean.”

Lately my wife and I have been going through a “shift” in our thinking about how we relate to the world and how we convey the Lordship of Jesus Christ and express His church. The shift is not away from purity, loving God with all our heart and living in obedience to Him. The shift is how we see the lost. How we love the lost. How God loves lost people.

Romans 4: 5 (He) justifies the ungodly

Romans 5:6 Christ died for the ungodly

Jesus was sent into the world, but not to condemn the world (John 3:16-17) He brought light to contrast the darkness; however He didn’t shine the light in people’s eyes but at their feet, along a path that leads to life.

Parts of the world are quite dark and quite ungodly. We like going into the parts of the world that aren’t quite so dark and aren’t quite so ungodly and stop short of getting our “feet dirty” in certain areas of the world.

Jesus ate dinner with tax gatherers (the equivalent to the mafia of their day) and with prostitutes, fairly dark areas of the world. He didn’t condemn them or judge them but ate with them in their world. He was accused of being unclean himself. Feets get dirt sometimes. We are learning, in order to win some, we must go into some uncomfortable places and expose ourselves to some dark dirty places in the world.

Jeff Bullock is the author of “The Pub” and is currently planting a church in Budapest, Hungary.

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