All or Nothing


In John 13, Jesus and the disciples are seated around a traditional middle eastern table. The table sits slightly above the ground, and everyone is on their side, leaning on their left elbow, on a pillow, as their feet sit behind them.

It’s here that Jesus is going to do something that will make them feel uncomfortable! The lesson He will teach them (and us) will be vital to our spiritual growth.

First, let’s go back a few days, to deduce the mindset of the disciples, as they are riding an emotional high. When they entered Jerusalem, people are cheering Jesus like a rock-star. His popularity is sky-rocketing.

Over the past ten days, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and stood up to the High Priest and Elders which caused more people to rally behind Him.

So as they are privately dining and reclining Jesus gets up and does the unthinkable. He grabs a basin, a vessel of water and one by one He washes their feet. We don’t know who He started with, but nothing is said, likely out of embarrassment until Jesus gets to Peter.

Foot washing was a cultural ritual. Usually, when someone entered your home, there would be a basin of water for you to wash your feet. But if your host wanted to honor you, they would assign someone, typically the lowest person in the home, to wash your feet. Under very rare and special circumstances the host might wash your feet.

What’s important to point out is that this foot washing takes place at the end of the meal, when it was customarily done when someone first enters the home. Maybe when the disciples entered the room because of all the buzz surrounding Jesus, they all felt too important and were waiting for someone less significant to come in and wash.

Like the disciples, are you caught up in your titles or the success of your latest achievement and missing the point of what your platforms are meant for as a follower of Jesus?

Everyone has a platform. Everyone has a level of influence. The increase or decrease of your influence/platform is not based on titles but on how well you serve even with your title.

The first point Jesus is making is that humility is not a task; it’s an attitude.

What are you not doing because you feel it’s below your title, social, educational or economic status? The question is not, who would you be without a title rather who will you be with one?

A title doesn’t define the person, you define the title. How is your serve?

Are you serving your spouse, your children, your brother or sister, co-workers, neighbor, friends or your church? Or are you looking for these to serve you?

At the heart of humility is love. You won’t serve whom you don’t love. Romans 12:10 teaches us to “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”

You don’t have to know someone well to show love. Love is a selfless act of helping someone because you can. You can’t meet every need, but you can help someone.

The second thing Jesus is teaching us has to do with repentance. Here He makes a theological statement concerning salvation and transformation.

Once you are forgiven, you are completely clean.

Jesus died once and for all. There is no need to be saved again, once you’ve been born-again. But your feet are going to get dirty along the way so they will need to be washed periodically. The goal of following Jesus isn’t perfection it’s transformation.

 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9

We can’t cover up our sinful acts or desires; we need to confess and repent of them. By concealing our sin, we allow it to become a stronghold in life. Confession and repentance uproot those desires and behaviors, leading you to victory over them.

Are you concealing or are you confessing your sin? You can’t do both. God is faithful and just to forgive you and cleanse you! Only God can do that.

If you’re struggling with humility, it’s time to serve. To be a follower of Jesus is to be forgiven, live humbly and serve.

8 thoughts on “All or Nothing

  1. Hello, I’m curious who the author is above. Does the pastor write these blogs himself or are they copied from somewhere else?


      • Wow, these are great! I’ve always had a hard time interpreting what is written in the Bible, perhaps due to the language of the time . These sermons you write provide more detail and historical context that makes comprehending the intended meaning much easier.

        Is your church the Calvary Assembly of God? I live right down the street from there.


      • Thanks Kyle that’s very kind of you. Yes, the church I serve at as Lead Pastor is Calvary Assembly of God in Milpitas. I’ve been there for five years in this capacity. What are the odds that you’d stumble across this blog and live down the street.


      • Well, I was actually searching for a church in the area and found this blog from a link on your church website. I just didn’t realize this was still related to that church since it seems to be separate from the church website.

        Anyway, I’m inspired by your writing here and now plan to attend your church. I am in the process of trying to re-discover my lost faith, and you are already helping me along those lines with what you are writing here. What really turned me around was some research I’ve been doing into near death experiences (NDE), where the circumstantial evidence of spirit, afterlife, Jesus and heaven is pretty much indisputable. It really eliminates the “blind faith” aspect that I think is a stumbling block for many people. I’m an engineer with a science based mindset and very logical type thinker, and I am finding that all the “science” based excuses for the NDE experiences that try to dismiss them do not hold water. I think for people who have already found Jesus such as yourself you do not need this kind of proof, but for those of us on the outside it is a big stumbling block I think. Once that mental barrier is removed and you know that Jesus, heaven, hell, the afterlife etc. are all very real, logically verifiable phenomena, that really changes everything.


      • Right on Kyle. I apprecaite your transparency and sincerity. Faith is anything but blind. The Bible as God’s word is what our faith is based on. In as much as we give weight to the writings of Plato, Herodotus, or Homer’s Iliad, the Bible is set apart in every catagory of histroical attestation. At the very least we can say with certainty the bible is historically accurate. Faith is whether we choose to believe what it has to say.

        I look forward to meeting you.


  2. Hello, I’m curious who the author is for the above writing. Does the pastor write these himself or is this copied from somewhere else?


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