“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.” John 13:14
I cannot believe that this week has come to an end. It has been such an amazing week spent with the kids of Central Christian Church at VBS, and my heart is so full. Each night has been filled with tons of excitement, worship, Bible teaching, and so much more, and my prayer through it all has been that these kids will come to faith in Jesus Christ. That’s what it’s all about anyway. Sure, VBS is lots of fun, but the reason we do it is all because of Jesus. Teaching God’s Word to these kids this week has been such a blessing to me, and I’m trusting that seeds were planted in their hearts that will be watered and eventually grow. Although tonight will be the final night of VBS, it doesn’t end here. It can’t. The truth that has been planted in their minds and their hearts needs to be nurtured. Something that I never take lightly is teaching God’s Word. Whether it be for children or adults, it is a high calling. Something that God has impressed upon my heart over the last few days as I’ve been immersed in VBS world is that if we do not teach the next generation to love Jesus, the world will teach them not to.
And that is where we jump right into our final lesson for the week: Jesus Sends You. This particular story of Jesus washing His disciples feet gets me every time. I can only imagine that I would have responded the same way that Peter did when Jesus knelt before him to wash his feet. “No, Jesus, you cannot wash my feet! I should be washing your feet!” Yet, what a beautiful picture Jesus paints for them in that moment of humble service. Without Jesus cleansing us of our sins and bringing us into right relationship with Himself, we are utterly lost in our sin. Now that we have tasted the goodness of the Lord and experienced His forgiveness, we cannot just sit on it and keep it to ourselves. What Jesus is trying to tell His disciples here is to “Go”. Jesus wants His disciples to teach others what they have been taught. He wants them to share the good news of God’s love and saving grace with a world that does not yet know. He urges them in this moment to follow the example that He has set for them.
As forgiven children of God, we must understand the greatness of the gift we have been given. The free gift of salvation was not meant to be kept to ourselves. From the beginning, Jesus challenges us to sow the seed that we have received, to share His truth with a lost world. So, might I ask you this question? Who are you loving to Jesus? Who in your life are you showing Jesus to? Whether we’ve been obedient to the call or not, our responsibility hasn’t changed – Jesus has sent us out into a dark world to bring the good news of God’s love to everyone. Who are you bringing it to?