The Basin Of Grace

Can you imagine the close quarters and confinement of running with the same twelve disciples’ day in and day out? Do you feel that heavy, claustrophobic feeling of walking the same dusty roads, riding the same boats on the same waves, eating at the same table, visiting the same houses? Imagine being Jesus around the clock with these, less than perfect followers. He not only had to watch their imperfections and idiosyncrasies, He knew their thoughts. He could hear their minds ticking, their doubts brewing, their fears rising. Imagine knowing everything your friends and loved ones ever thought about you, knowing every mistake they would ever make? Talk about information overload!! What if you knew every little grumble, dislike, irritation and every betrayal that was to come your way?

Did Jesus find it easy to love Peter, who would curse Him, or a Thomas, who would doubt Him? And yes, there was Judas, the one who would betray Him to His death.. What a motley crew Jesus chose to hang out with. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. What was Christ thinking?

Have you been cursed, doubted, or betrayed by a friend? Relationships are difficult to manage, because individuals are so in our face with their oddities and selfishness. As they are, we are likewise set in our own odd, selfish, arrogant ways. How impossible it is for us, sometimes to get along. Jesus did it, How? Let’s ponder His forgiving heart as we catch a glimpse in John Chapter 13. Enter Jesus into the upper room, just before the Passover Feast. He knew His time had come, it was soon time to leave His friends and depart to His Father. He had come to serve and love and now He must show the full extent of His love. The day had been long, the sun warm, and the journey endless. Watch as the weary, exhausted disciples enter one by one, taking their places at the table? Do you see the towel on the wall, the pitcher and basin on the floor? Not one of them volunteered to deal with the dusty, tired, weary worn feet of the attendants. Anyone could have filled the role, but no one did. After all, the washing of feet was a task reserved, not just for servants, but for the lowest of servants. The servant at the bottom of the ladder was to bow the knee in humble service offering refreshment in a cool water foot bath. Jesus knew what He had to do as an act of demonstration of His love to these, His followers, His friends, those who would curse Him, doubt Him and yes….betray Him unto death. One grimy, dusty foot after another, Jesus worked His way down the line. Cleansing feet that would be disloyal to their Master. Feet that would not even follow Him, to defend His cause, over the next twenty four hours. These same feet would run into hiding at the flash of a Roman sword. Judas, wouldn’t even make it past the evening meal, but yes…Jesus washed his feet, with the same loving heart that loves us and the same loving hands that would soon be pierced and lifeless. Can you imagine, the moment, the feelings, the thoughts as Jesus lifted His betrayers feet gently into the basin? Within hours these same feet would rush off to betray his Master for thirty pieces of cheap silver.

Jesus knew all that was about to happen. He knew they were about to be involved in horrendous events that would make them hang their heads in shame, and look down at these same feet in guilty remorse. At those moments, in each of their lives, His desire was for them to remember how He knelt before them in love, washing their feet, in that cleansing moment. What a gift He gave, as He forgave their sin before it was even committed. What a priceless gift He gave when He offered mercy before they even sought it. Isn’t that just like Christ to dip into His basin of grace to lavish us with mercy, for the sin He knows we will commit?

Although we aren’t those twelve disciples, our story is similar in the now and what Jesus did for them He still does for us through His shed blood. 1 John 1:7 says, “Then the blood of Jesus, God’s Son, cleanses us from every sin.” What a precious gift to receive that cleansing in spite of our oddities, and selfish arrogance. In spite of our negative thoughts, irritations, and betrayals, this cleansing is present in the here and now, not a pie in the sky promise if we tow the line, perform to the “T”, or reach some measure of success. The cross, Christ’s death, His shed blood and victorious resurrection has made atonement possible for us, as it covers our “now” sin and keeps on cleansing us to victory!!

Whose feet do you need to wash? Oh, you haven’t done anything wrong? You’re not the guilty party? You haven’t cheated, you haven’t lied? Perhaps it’s true! It was certainly true for Christ, and of all the people in that upper room He was the only One worthy of a foot wash, but He was the One who stooped to wash. Imagine that! The one worthy to be served, served others. Is there something wrong with this picture? No,…for sure not! Take a look at it. This is profound to me!! The brilliance of Jesus’ example is clearly depicted here. The burden of mending or bridge building in any broken relationship falls on the strong one, not the weak one. The one who is innocent is the one who makes the move, the one who offers the kind gesture. What an awesome chain of events, when the one in the right, volunteers to wash the feet of the one in the wrong through kindness and love. See this with me now, both parties will then bow the knee to wash the feet, to serve the other. To be kind, gracious and loving, because WE ALL think we are right. What a beautiful picture of the humility of true forgiveness in serving others. Relationships don’t thrive because the guilty are punished, but because the innocent have mercy. How profound and amazing is this thought? Wow!!

Let me ask again. Whose feet do you need to wash? So you’re right? That makes you strong. What tangible thing can you do to show kindness to the guilty? The one who has hurt and maimed you emotionally, physically maybe? Possibly belittled, betrayed or isolated you and made you feel like two cents, or garbage. Possibly stolen your zest and motivation, your spark for life?

Well, there’s a towel on wall for you. Do you see it? The pitcher and it’s basin rest on the floor, waiting for you to pick them up. To fill them with cool, clear water. Dip into the basin of grace and pull out a palm of refreshing mercy to wash the weary, dusty feet of your offender. Follow Christ’s genius example demonstrated in the Upper Room, just before He went all the way to the cross for you.

Be blessed this day in your relationship with God and be strong in Christ..Forgive and wash some feet!

The above was inspired through Max Lucado!

A Brand New Creation


“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”

2 Corinthians 5: 19, 20.

“That God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

In Verses 18 to 21 Paul tells his listeners, that God entrusts the message and ministry of reconciliation through Christ, to His servants. God has given believers the task of reconciling people to God. Paul was speaking of his own ministry here, but encouraging others to share the gospel in their circles of influence. Sharing this wonderful message is the responsibility of all who know Christ on a personal basis.

Just what is this message of reconciliation that we must be about sharing?

Christ is our mediator and our only way to the Father! “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone the new has come!” What transformation! Sin separates us from a perfect, holy God but Christ’s death on the cross made a bridge for us to be redeemed, forgiven and reunited with Him. What reconciliation! Through God’s sacrifice of love our sins have been atoned for and through the blood of Christ they are cleansed and no longer held against us! They are covered, cared for and looked after. When we truly repent in all humility and leave our sin in the compost at the foot of the cross we can be assured that God’s grace and unconditional love will dispose of it’s poison and no longer hold us accountable for what we’ve done! What an extravagant grace has been lavished upon us; we, who are so undeserving. In the simple act of repentance we become children of the most high God, heirs to the throne and ambassadors for Christ Himself. It’s an awesome beginning to a new life in Christ and one that must continue to grow as we strive toward spiritual maturity. Let’s get the good news of the gospel message out, by being responsible ambassadors, representing Christ our mediator in all excellence, as we share the message of reconciliation by demonstrating publicly our love for God through word and action!

God Has You Covered!

Psalm 62:7

“My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.”

Psalm 62: 1 – 8.

“I waited quietly before God for my victory comes from Him. He alone is my Rock and my salvation. My fortress where I will never be shaken. So many enemies against one man, all of them trying to kill me. To them I am just a broken down wall or a tottering fence. They plan to topple me from my high position. They delight in telling lies about me. They praise me to my face but curse me in their hearts. Let all that I am wait quietly before God for my hope is in Him. He alone is my Rock and my Salvation. My fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my Refuge, my Rock where no enemy can reach me. Oh my people, trust in Him at all times. Pour your heart out to Him, for God is our Refuge.”.

David knew, all too well, the fear of men and sting of rejection! He knew the searing pain of lies being told of him behind his back! He knew the pain of cuts, jives, undermining and the fear of threats on his life. David also knew His God, whom he delighted in! He knew His God whom he trusted in, even in the dark hours of his life. Even in the days, when minutes seemed like unending hours and days stretched on forever. He hid from his enemies in fear of death but all the while He knew the Lord rescued, cared for and rewarded those who placed their trust in Him. He knew God’s people were blessed as they waited on Him for their redemption and their salvation. He knew the honor that God places on His children could never be taken away by lies attacking a reputation. His God was powerful and mighty. His God was his Rock, his Shield and his Refuge. His place of safety, peace and contentment.

Friends, has your reputation been attacked? Is your position being undermined? Are you feeling the sting of rejection and the fear of threats? As believers in our Sovereign God, We serve the same God as David did. What a comfort to know, as David knew, that nothing can hinder, nothing can shake, nothing can dishonor, or destroy our life when our faith and trust are in Him. He is our all – powerful God, the creator of mankind and the creator of the ends of earth and beyond. Even the wind and the waves obey Him, and He’s got you covered! Wow, Wow Wow! Nothing can touch you that He doesn’t allow! Do you know that today? Trust Him! Let Him do His work of protection on your life to bless you and bring honor to Himself!

Be blessed in your day

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What Do You Have?

2 Timothy 4:7
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Max: I sit a few feet from a man on death row. Jewish by birth. Tentmaker by trade. Apostle by calling. His days are marked. Do you have family, Paul?

Paul: I have none.

Max: What about your health?

Paul: My body is beaten and tired.

Max: Do you have friends?

Paul: I do, but some have turned back.

Max: What do you have, Paul? No belongings. No family. Criticized by some. Mocked by others. What do you have, Paul?
I sit back quietly and watch. Paul rolls his hand into a fist. He looks at it. I look at it. What is he holding? What does he have?

Paul: I have my faith. It’s all I have. But it’s all I need. I have kept the faith.
(Paul leans back against the wall of his cell and smiles).

Max: Faith is trusting what the eye can’t see!

A Word from Max Lucado this morning!
Be Blessed in your day friends..