Dirty Feet

“After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”

John 13:5 NIV

Before Jesus laid down His life, He laid down His rights to be important, to be taken care of, to be served and He served instead.

The moment the Prince of Eternity wraps a towel around His waist and takes the lowest possible position of the lowest servant in the house, takes my breath away.

The Son of God washing the grime and dirt off the feet of his friends.

The King of kings humbly serving the would-be betrayer, the deny-er, the not good enough, the doubter and hot-headed.

Afterwards He told them to follow suit. To do for each other what He just did for them: set aside position, become the lowest, meet basic needs with humble love. Love each other practically and continually. To put aside your rights and pick up your towel and you will be blessed. 

When an opportunity presents itself this week, which never looks the way you expect it to, take up your towel.

And don’t forget to present your own dirty feet to Jesus and allow Him to gently wash you clean.

Where is Your Head Today?

“For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. ‭‭

Romans‬ ‭8:5-6‬ ‭NET‬‬

God has given us the ability to imagine our day, our tomorrow, our future.

Paul said that the imagination shaped by the flesh is fear and death and that the imagination nourished by the Spirit of God is life and peace.

The thing is, we get to choose which imagination we live in.

We get to choose our thoughts and not live in a world where they choose us.

A world where they hijack your day and lead you to a mental torture chamber.

My friend, God gives you Himself fully and His power lavishly to you.

Yes, you.

Ask Him.

You need help and God will help you.

He will empower you to take hold of your thoughts and submit them to Him.

He will empower you to leave the fearful imaginings on the floor and take hold of the truth of God in your life.

He will empower you to see yourself and your future from His perspective.

Where is your head?

What is it filled with? 

What do you need God’s help with today?

When Risk Is a Refuge

“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.”   Nahum 1:7 NIV

Every time you step out in faith in Jesus, it is a risk.

Being faithful to Jesus may look like being a failure to the world.

He may ask you to leave what you know, sacrifice whatever is needed, and embrace a temporary difficulty for the hope of a future promise.

Know that even though the risk seems great, a life lived in faith in the Son of God means that every cross He asks you to bear leads to a resurrection to a new kind of life you have never lived before.

This is the prayer I am whispering over you today, “Jesus, take care of my friends as they step out in faith. Thank you that they are trusting you as they face risk. Reward them with courage and vision and do what only You can do – the impossible in them and through them. In Your Name, Amen”

Nothing To Fear

There came a man who walked the earth, spoke truth to all who would listen, healed broken bodies and restored broken souls to God. It was His love that breathed life into the first lungs of man and His word that drove the darkness and chaos back before that.

He came to the earth He created for one purpose: to perfect love. The word perfect here doesn’t mean flawless as much as it means complete. Completed completeness. This love that bled when the lash tore open His back and wood of the cross dug into it, persevered through the unendurable physical and spiritual pain of the cross until He could utter the truth, “it is finished.” The debt of sin has been paid and the great chasm between God and man has been obliterated.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1 John 4:18 NIV

When fear rises up to dismantle your faith or weave its tentacles around your feet to trip you up, remember this fact: You have nothing to fear from God. 

Christ took your punishment completely so that you can let His love completely in without fear. 

Are you letting His love in?

What is Important About Goals

What is important about having goals is having the right ones.

Don’t waste your life going after goals to make yourself more comfortable.

Following Jesus doesn’t make your life comfortable or easy – it makes it unique, unexpected and definitely adventurous.

Go after Jesus– His love, His agenda and His goals for your life (which has more to do with who you are than what you look like and giving more than getting more).

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:14 NIV

Make your relationship with God the main goal of your life and the rest of your goals will fall in line.

At the end of your life, you may or may not have human praise and awards but if you choose the goal of letting God transform you with His love, you will have rich relationships, miraculous moments and the most important thing you can have with you as you step into eternity – Jesus.

May you clearly hear His voice, boldly follow His guidance and passionately pursue His goals for your life today.

Set Free

You have been set free from sin”

Romans 6:22 NIV

The power of sin in your life can feel like a noose that the enemy gently lays upon your neck. Then slowly, surely, he begins to tighten it until you feel trapped, choked and bound. 

It is a lie. You do not have to live in bondage anymore. 

It is Jesus clothed in the white garments of resurrection, bearing the fresh scars of the crucifixion declaring to the universe that the power of sin is broken. 

The good news is that through Him, you are set free.

You are free from sin.
You are free from its power and control.
You are free from its endless demands, requirements, small print and a false sense of control. 

Jesus took that noose upon His own neck for you. He took the penalty it demanded, death. Then He conquered death in a blaze of glory and held freedom in His hands. Wherever shame lurks and condemnation whispers, wherever fear and anxiety chokes, wherever lies and rejection linger – Jesus comes. 

He comes with His love, His power, His mercy and His forgiveness. 

He washes away the stains of the past and brings to you new hope for the future.  

He sets you free to live life saturated in His love and filled with His power.

The power of sin has been broken.

How will you live the truth of it today?

You’re In

“You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything. 

Entering into this fullness is not something you figure out or achieve. It’s not a matter of being circumcised or keeping a long list of laws. No, you’re already in—insiders—not through some secretive initiation rite but rather through what Christ has already gone through for you, destroying the power of sin.” 

Colossians 2:9-15 MSG

My prayer for you today is that you will lay down the lies that haunt you at the foot of the Cross and allow yourself to be wrapped in the embrace of God’s grace.

I am praying that the brand of “broken and worthless” will be destroyed by the enormity of His love for you.

I am praying that today you would know you are valued not because you are good but because you are chosen by Jesus for a life of love.

I am praying that this minute you will know that you are forgiven not because you deserve it but because you ask for it.

I am praying that you will live cherished not because you love Him well, but because He loves you eternally.

Where Do You Look?

This morning, I did something I rarely do: I opened the News App on my phone.

I regretted it immediately.

I just wanted to see what was happening in the world out there, wanted to know what was going on.

I think I was looking for a little hope.

What I found was the same stories with different names, same themes with different titles: fear, stress, tragedy and loss.

I took a deep breath and did what I should have done in the beginning – I opened my YouVersion App.

This is where hope lives.

Not because it is a fantasy but because it addresses reality.

“Jesus shouted out passionately, ‘To believe in me is to also believe in God who sent me. For when you look at me you are seeing the One who sent me. I have come as a light to shine in this dark world so that all who trust in me will no longer wander in darkness.’”

John‬ ‭12:44-46‬ ‭TPT‬‬W

As I turn my gaze from the trouble in the world to the light that shines in it, I find hope.

I find love and I find courage to believe in the impossible.

Where do you look to find hope?

The Hope of Christmas

But Jesus said, “Don’t you know there are other places I must go and offer the hope of God’s kingdom?This is what I have been sent to do.”

Luke 4:43, The Passion Translation

The hope of God’s kingdom arrived.

He was the heart of heaven, wrapped in a blanket and placed in a manger.

He was the man who touched the sick, reached out to the outcast and raised the dead.

He was the sacrificial lamb who laid down His life so we could be reconciled with God.

He is the Savior who defeated death and rose to eternal life.

He is the Lord who sits at the right hand of God in the heavenly realms.

He is the Resurrection and the Life for all who would dare to trust Him and wild enough to embrace His radical love.

He is Jesus.

He is hope.

He is the heartbeat of hope that beats through the season of Christmas.

Two days til Christmas…

So Close

“I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭91:1-2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Jesus came so that you could live so close to the Father that the shadow of His love would cover you. 

He went to the cross so that the presence of Almighty could be a refuge from the storm raging around you.

He came to be a fortress of peace to run to when you are weary of fighting. 

Jesus defeated death and cleared the way so you could be free to live fully in the power of God.

He is the door into the refuge of God’s presence and the key to open it is trust. 

Are you trusting Jesus today or are you trying to do it all yourself?