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Series: Luis Palau | Clean Feet

On “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” this week, Luis reminds us of the importance of keeping ourselves clean spiritually. Have our hearts and minds accumulated the dust and dirt of the world? 

Spiritual Health Friday, November 2, 2018

My family lives in Portland, Oregon, where there are hundreds of miles of beautiful trails, running clubs, groups that hike, and people get together to bike around. People here are active and they care about being healthy, and getting exercise – it’s a community focus and they do it together - and that can be a really good thing. But sometimes I wonder, what if we cared about our spiritual health as much as we did about our physical health? How might churches and neighborhoods and cities transform and stick together?

The truth is: spiritual health is of the utmost importance. Just as it’s helpful when we have a health club or workout buddy to help when we’re struggling to feel motivated, it’s absolutely crucial to have a community of believers around us. A community should be there to help us grow in our faith, and encourage us when we are struggling spiritually. For those of us who know Jesus, we should be helping one another to be spiritually healthy by sharing the Gospel and living it out.

The Bible says in 1 Timothy 4:8, that while “physical training is of some value…godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” So this week, take care of your spiritual health. Find a partner to help, and be a partner to someone else so you’ll be strong.                      

This is Andrew Palau.

Becoming Clean Thursday, November 1, 2018

The scene is this: Jesus takes off his outer garment and starts washing the feet of His disciples, doing the job of a servant. He gets to Peter, one of His most prominent disciples. Peter was a leader with a tremendous zeal for the Lord. But he was also rash and impulsive. He usually said whatever was on his mind. In this case, Peter can’t restrain himself. He says to Jesus, “You will never wash my feet, Lord.” He tells Jesus, “NO.”

Peter knows his feet are dirty. He knows they need to be washed. Yet he will not allow Jesus to clean his feet. Jesus responds in a clear and loving way: “All right, Peter. You don’t want me to wash your feet? Fine. But if I don’t wash your feet, you can have no part with me.” The Lord uses strong words to slay Peter’s pride – his blind spot. If Peter didn’t let the Lord cleanse him, he couldn’t be in fellowship with Jesus or the other disciples.

The Lord does the same thing with us. We put up a front and pretend we’re okay the way we are. But in our hearts the Lord is making it very clear; “You can have no part with me until I wash you.” Without regular, daily cleansing, we’re still children of God, but we have no fellowship, joy, or power. We can’t spread the good news of Jesus to others. So, the choice is there for each of us. Jesus is kneeling by our feet – will we let Him wash us clean? Will we join the fellowship that will change people forever?

This is Luis Palau.

Washing Feet Wednesday, October 31, 2018

In New Testament times, people wore sandals and walked on dusty roads. Their feet were constantly dirty. So, when a host invited guests over for dinner, they provided a servant to wash the feet of the guests using a basin of water. The servant would then dry the guests’ feet with a towel. As you can imagine, washing everyone’s dirty, smelly, sweaty feet was a disagreeable job! Yet it was a significant sign of hospitality and kindness. Once everyone’s feet were clean, the dinner would begin.

This is the context for the account in the book of John of Jesus and His disciples preparing to have their final Passover meal together. They had no servants, and none of the disciples had thought about bringing a basin, towel, and pitcher of water to wash everyone’s feet. Only Jesus had thought about it. Why? Because as Mark said, he “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

This action was only a preview of the humility He would show with his death on the cross. Jesus was the Creator of heaven and earth! Yet he washed the dirty, smelly feet of His disciples. He did so because He loved them, but also to make a point. Jesus modeled sacrificial leadership for His disciples and for us. So, here’s the question: how can we wash the feet of our neighbors today?

This is Luis Palau.

Dirty Feet Tuesday, October 30, 2018

In New Testament times, people ate an evening meal while reclining on a couch or cushions on the floor around a low table. Before sitting down, however, everybody removed their sandals. And you can imagine how unpleasant that was if someone’s feet were dirty. And everyone’s feet would have been really dirty. The streets were very dusty. Just walking a half mile to a friend’s house would make their feet filthy. So, in order for the evening to continue, feet needed to be washed.

It didn’t take much for the disciples’ feet to become dirty. For us too, our lives, minds, and actions become dirty as we walk through the world. We become contaminated with the ungodliness that surrounds us. But “if we walk in the light as Jesus is in the light,” we will be invited into fellowship with Christ and one another. So, if we want to walk in the light and be cleaned, we need to be honest enough to admit, “Lord Jesus, I have become unclean as I’ve walked through this fallen world. I want to sit at the table of fellowship with you and with my brothers and sisters in Christ. But there’s no way I want to sit there with dirty, polluted feet.” It is then that Jesus will come to us and make us clean, ready to share in God’s table with us. Then, we can invite others to come to the table and feel the joy of being pure and clean in the presence of Christ.

This is Luis Palau.

Shining Towers Monday, October 29, 2018

In the time I’ve lived in Portland, I’ve seen the skyline change a lot. One of the most prominent features in the Portland skyline is the Oregon Convention Center with two impressive jade-green glass towers stretching 260 feet into the air.

Shortly before the convention center was completed in 1989, however, these glass towers suddenly posed a problem that threatened to delay the opening of the $90 million project. No one had thought to ask how those green glass towers were going to be cleaned! Regular window-washing systems wouldn’t work. So, a Los Angeles-based engineering firm had to be brought in to figure out a way to keep the twin spires from becoming permanently dirty and discolored.

We humans don’t always think ahead, but God always does. Even before He created us, He had a plan for cleansing our hearts. The drama of redemption would take thousands of years, but at the end of it, through the blood of Jesus, all of our sins would be forgiven. Our lives would be wiped clean of all of our wrongdoings. Even Isaiah foretold it: “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow.” We did nothing to deserve this; we just need to receive God’s great gift to us. Then our lives gleam like jade-green glass towers in the Portland sky, pointing those around us to God’s saving love.

This is Luis Palau.  

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