​Paulette Reed

There’s something about a public image that’s so “public.” Maybe that’s why it’s so important to remember that we are not created in a public image but rather in the image of an invisible God (Genesis 1:26). It’s wonderful to know that we don’t have to be concerned about what people think when we have this God image and know that all we do is unto Him.  

John 13:1-5 teaches us about Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. It says: Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. 

Jesus knew who He was. He knew He was the Son of God, just like we must know we are sons or daughters of the Most High God. Jesus knew His identity, just as we must know ours. 

This season of taking the media mountain for Jesus is a magnificent opportunity to share the gospel around the world! Scripture makes it clear that people cannot call on Jesus to save them unless they believe in Him. And, they cannot believe in Him unless someone tells them the truth (Romans 10:14).  Now, I do understand the need for people, ministries and organizations to have exposure to help accomplish what they set out to do.  However, as we take that mountain as well as the others; business, government, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion, let’s be very careful not to be swayed by how many hits a website gets or how many friends someone can get on Facebook or how many people are following them on Twitter. Beloved, we must stay very alert, as the enemy stalks around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. He’s brutal and totally wants ambition, narcissism or a spirit of performance to bring God’s people down. 

It’s wonderful to know that there is no need to search for public identity when all we do is for an audience of One, as seen in Matthew 25:35. Mother Theresa summed it up well: “At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.”

A dear friend said something recently that made me feel sad.  But, after pondering her statement, I realized it contained bad news and good news.  She said, “ More than likely, during the next few months before the elections, we'll see the total undoing of some of our favorite public officials -- people who've made a real difference in the world around them, but made mistakes (or not) that led to their undoing. What a shame. However, God is able to rescue all whose hearts will rely on Him.”

Isn’t it wonderful to be rescued and set free?  Wow! The moment we’re born from above, we are adopted into a Kingdom…an unshakable, invisible Kingdom. We know that we are priests and kings, so it doesn’t matter if we’re washing feet, taking a rebuke, incurring false accusations or completing menial tasks, because there is no identity theft in the Kingdom of God. Even if we’re carrying an earthly ambassador’s suitcase – we remain ambassadors for Christ.

John 13 goes on to say, “Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them” (verses 15-17).

Come on, friends, let’s serve each other in humility…grab some towels, pray for your friends and wash some feet.  You just watch, it will help you walk right into your destiny! After all, Jesus came to serve, not to be served, and He washed some feet just before He was promoted to the “top.”