God’s desire is for our fellowship. Everything else: our forgiveness of sin, our sanctification, and our glorification is due to Him fulfilling this desire.
3 I have not learned wisdom, nor have I attained to all the knowledge of the Holy One [thankfully, we don’t have to in order to enjoy His company].
It is not for us to clean ourselves up, but to allow Him to give us life, His life–Himself! Once we have Him in us, He gives us His righteousness, so we are instantly clean. From then on, we learn how to walk in that righteousness as He teaches us in perfect patience, gentleness and love. It’s all about the relationship. Jesus said,
“Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean…” John 13:10
This washing is mentioned in Ephesians 5:26, which is a major stone in our foundation:
26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,”
We are sanctified (made righteous) by God’s truth.
Jesus said that God’s Word is truth (John 17:17).
Therefore, we are washed every time we read and heed God’s Word.
Could it be that when we read and pray that Christ comes and washes our feet, thus making us holy? The precedent is there in Scripture (John 13:5-11). Whether it is metaphoric or spiritual, we can bank on the truth that we are made new every “morning” (it’s a continuous process), as are His mercies (Lamentations 3:22-23, 2 Corinthians 4:16). That process is accelerated when we read and pray.
Today, let’s allow Jesus to come and wash our feet and fellowship with us as we read His Word. There is much we don’t understand about what we read, but it doesn’t matter. It’s more about the relationship than the knowledge (although, that, too, comes with time, regular reading, and experience).
Lord Jesus, I want You in my life leading me, talking to me, directing me and counseling me. My determined desire is to know You more, better, and more intimately. If that means more victories, then great, but if it means sacrifice and suffering, then I am for that, too; whatever is going to allow me to know You the most. Right now, it’s all about Bible study and prayer. As I do these two things, You are directing my path in leading others and reaching others. Thank You! Amen.