Unless I Wash You

Written by Guest Contributor Dora Lozano

“3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 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. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”” – John 13:3-8 (NIV)                           

I enjoy reading this account of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. It is so well orchestrated and detailed that I feel like I am in the room with them. The fact that Jesus humbled himself to serve the apostles this way was a symbolic demonstration of their spiritual cleansing from sin. Jesus had to wash their feet and He would not allow them to deny Him.  Jesus wanted the disciples and us to be free from the chains of death that sin brings into our lives.

What do you need to be cleansed from? Find a healthy Christian that you can trust and share what your challenges are and let them pray for you and stand with you in overcoming sin in your life.  

Lord Jesus, Thank you for humbling yourself and dying for our sins so that we can live a life free from the guilt and shame of sin.  Lord, show us the areas where we are weak and help us to find Christians we can trust to share our struggles. Let these believers always direct us back to you and let them stand with us as we identify and overcome sin in our lives. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Guest Contributor Bio: Dora Lozano is a faithful follower of Christ living out her faith daily. Dora is the mother of two amazing children. The eldest is in their junior year at university. The youngest is in their sophomore year of high school. Dora has spent thirty years working in the California Community College system. Currently, Dora is an academic counselor for foster youth and homeless youth at a community college in Southern California. Dora’s personal mission statement is to “Love God, Do Good and Serve, Teach and Encourage Others”. Dora lives out her mission through her work and in her faith community where she serves on the usher team. Dora enjoys spending time with her children and her sweet puppy dog. As a family they enjoy being loud and silly, listening to a wide variety of music, taking road trips, making popcorn and watching movies. Dora is honored to be a guest contributor on the devotional for Mary E. White Ministries.

Photograph Credit: Erica Rodriguez-Duvergel

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