After their last supper together, Jesus asked Peter to let him wash his feet. Peter protested.
Peter looked at Jesus and said, “You’ll never wash my dirty feet—never!”
“But Peter, if you don’t allow me to wash your feet,” Jesus responded, “then you will not be able to share life with me.” (from John 13 in The Passion Translation)
Jesus confronted him sternly. This was important. This was so important that Jesus said Peter could not be a part of him if he did not let Jesus wash his feet.
On that evening full of important parting instructions, he also said, “So this is my parting command: Love one another deeply!” (verse 17)
Loving one another deeply requires mutual submission. Submission is not a word I like. Surrender is even worse. By confronting Peter he gave the clear message: Unless you are willing to accept help — my help — you can’t be a part of this.
This is the aspect of submission that I’ve missed for so many years. Submission doesn’t mean being a doormat to someone who would take advantage. Submission means saying, “How can I extend myself to help you to become all Christ means you to be?” Submission also means surrendering to Christ when he says, “Let me help you.”
Submission means becoming vulnerable to God’s goodness.
Experiencing God’s goodness is a prerequisite to loving one another.
Creative Meditations for Lent, Word prompt: Let
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“If we love one another, God dwelleth in us…” 1 Jn. 4:12
The verity of His Life is revealed in the love we actually hold for one another.
Thank you, BT. May you bask in the light of his love today.