You know something? The church as a whole has no humility anymore. Let's just be real about it.
We all know that God said that we would be persecuted for our faith, but I think that sometimes we are persecuted for more than that. Heck, sometimes it's not even really persecution.
Sometimes I believe that God allows us to be persecuted and done wrong in an effort to tone us down and put us in our place.
Why? Because some of us are too saved for our own good!
We get to the point where we feel like we're better than everyone else just because we claim Christ.
Anyone can claim Christ, but that doesn't mean that Christ is going to claim them...the Bible already tells us that in Matthew 7:22-23.
A lot of us do a lot of talking, but when it comes down to being an example of God's love, we fall miserably short.
This week, one of my devotionals talked about the time Jesus washed the Disciples' feet. In those times, the act of foot washing was the job of the lowest person in the house, the servant. Washing a person's feet was dirty, smelly, and downright irritating - but somebody had to do it.
This makes me think of what Jesus did for us. What Jesus did was dirty, smelly, unsanitary, unsavory, and complete and utter torture - but somebody had to do it, right?
I can only imagine what Jesus was thinking as he was washing the Disciples' feet. "Soon, I'll have to do something much worse than this. Washing your feet is nothing!"
I'm sure there were times when those servants were forced to bow down and wash the feet of someone they didn't necessarily like. Jesus washed the feet of Judas, the man He knew would betray Him! And not only that, but He died for Judas, as well as the men that had just been torturing and disrespecting His name!
And at the end of it all, Jesus didn't ask us for anything except for one thing in return:
"I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you." - John 13:15
He just wants us to do unto others as He did unto us! It's the golden rule, people!
So my point in this whole narrative is this: as the Body of Christ, as God's earthly representatives, we need to get back to the point where we value each other, believers or non-believers, more than we do a church name, denomination, or personal preference. We need to start shining our light again and showing the world that we belong to God.
That's the only way we can effectively attract people to Christianity and reject the spirit of religion. It has to be done.
We need a revival. A time of refreshing where we just come together in love and humility and get back to basics. We need it badly.
So let's wash each other's feet. Let's all get down and dirty with the unsavory, the dirty, the irritating. Let's bow down in submission to our leaders, our friends, our enemies. Let's do the things that nobody wants to do for the people that nobody wants to deal with.
Let's be the example God called for us to be.
"for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, 'Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.'" - Ephesians 5:14