I Have Given You An Example…
Do we receive those that come before us in the name of Jesus Christ? Do we believe they can show us the path they themselves traveled to be saved by Jesus Christ and filled with the Holy Spirit? If we receive them we will receive Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, if we do not receive them, we will not receive Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.” ~ John 13:20 NKJB
As we receive a missionary in the name of Jesus Christ our hearts are made full. As we receive a missionary in the name of Jesus Christ we can then be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and wait for the Holy Spirit to fill us.
The act of reception is a physical act. It is not conducted in the Spiritual realm, but right here where we physically stand or sit. We are then transported into the Spiritual as we receive Jesus Christ and we are, most certainly, transported into the Spiritual when the Holy Spirit comes to live in us. We are made whole in Jesus Christ by receiving one of His Ambassadors of the Kingdom who is walking in the Light and showering lives with Living Water.
We learn to do this by example. Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, demonstrated how to be a good servant. He Himself was always teaching through example and this is lesson is no different.
If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. ~ John 13:14-17 NKJB
Jesus Christ is teaching us, right there, how be an Ambassador of the Kingdom. His teaching, foot washing, is one of the keys to opening the door of discipleship. How can we be a true disciple if we are not practicing foot washing? Why would we expect others to follow the path we have trod if we are not willing to humble ourselves before them? This is the 12th Step in AA. We can not show someone something we don’t have. We can not give away something we do not possess. If we don’t wash others feet and humble ourselves, how will they become humble enough to share their lives wreckage – called repentance?
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.