The other day I was thinking about my feet. I realized that our feet are hardly used when it comes to worshipping our Lord. Obviously, we aren’t going to sit and put our feet together to pray or lift up our feet to worship Him, lol that would be really awkward. But I DO believe our feet have such an important role in our lives. Like it is said in The Bible, together we make up the ENTIRE body of Christ. So what good are our feet? Are they only for standing and walking?
Let me begin with my epic ankle sprain at the end of last year. If you have heard this story, you know how bad it was. The doctor said I was extremely close to breaking my ankle. I was a cripple for a couple months. Although painful, it was quite a humbling experience. For the first time in my life, I knew what it felt like to not be able to walk with such ease. Let me tell you, it sucked. I was pretty bitter. Derek and David, my motherly-like roommates <3, pretty much took care of me. God bless them. I felt like such a baby. And simple things like getting a glass of water, or taking a shower were tiring.
Now that my ankle is almost completely healed, I look back on that with a very different perspective. It was very eye opening, and even a blessing. God has taught me that we are like cripples. When it comes to our walk with God, we are always lacking and slow, always tripping and hurting ourselves. I believe this is because our feet are not always pointed in the right direction. However, God is our crutch. He is the one we can lean on when we are struggling.
Now I’m pretty sure most of us can walk on two feet. If you think about your life, isn’t it amazing how much of it you’ve walked? How many of those miles do you think you walked for Jesus? How many do you think you’ve walked for your own benefit? If I think about it, I haven’t walked much at all for Jesus. In my mind and heart I know I am a sinful and weak man. I deserve to be like a cripple. BUT, God has blessed (and healed) me with strong feet which allow me, not only to walk, but also to RUN with Him. How amazing is that? To know that He loved us so much to give us feet.
We are called to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Jesus was perfect; He walked perfectly with our Lord. Yet, He stooped down on His feet and washed the feet of His Disciples, humans sinful like us. It is the same pair of beaten and bruised feet that carried the cross and all the sins of the world. The same feet that were nailed. No lie, He had some pretty awesome feet.
I know it sounds goofy. But our feet are very important, because in light of Passion Week, they can be used to glorify God. We say, “my WALK with Christ.” We say it all the time, but we never think about that statement. I believe if we let our spiritual walk translate to our physical walk, our lives will be transformed. I pray that we focus completely on Jesus’ walk/feet so that we may also use our feet selflessly to do His work.
John 13:14-15 – “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 also should do just as I have done to you.”
The other day, my family and I got into a conversation about the Korean word jeong. This specific term has many definitions, but we came to the conclusion that it meant: love, passion, sympathy, and Loyalty. I came to define it as a “blood bond” between family members and those closest to us. In the Chinese culture (jeong as well), it means to emphasize aspects of loyalty and reciprocity in relationships. In Japanese culture, pronounced “jyo,” means sentimental feelings. It is interesting to see that Asians can relate to this term.
A good example of this word in my life was my relationship with my sister in high school. She didn’t make the best decisions in life. But even when she made terrible choices, I was there to show her love. I learned what it meant to care for her even when my parents and I didn’t understand half of what was going on in her life.
This jeong we feel towards our family members and friends is extremely powerful. It’s not just love, but more than love, till the point where human pride takes over.
Of course, there is a positive side to jeong: Warm, rich interpersonal relationships, nurturing, and caring. Bonded by jeong, collective efforts toward a common goal, overcoming crises, and survival are key. This part of Jeong is what I come to understand as the fellowship in RCF. I believe we have a very close knit society of interpersonal relationships which can push us further to find ourselves in our walk with God. We come together to share precious moments (i.e. Sister’s Appreciation) and when we are going through times of struggle. I personally love this part of RCF and what it offers. We don’t just have friends to turn to, but have that brother or sister we rely upon in our darkest times to help us in our walk with Christ.
On the other hand, the negative side, Jeong can lead to an “in-crowd versus out-crowd” situation which involves our human pride. To us, it is what we see as socially acceptable and unacceptable. This tight-knit church is good, but too much and it becomes a clique. When talking with my family I started to see RCF as a clique. During the week, this is the place to be! If there is going to be any fun on a Friday night, it’s gonna be Large Group. What I’m trying to get at is that from time to time I have habitually defined myself off of the church and its members, NOT off Christ. When people ask me what I do during the week besides study I say: “hang out with friends,” or “church.” I don’t say “pray” or “seek Christ.” I know… that may be an extreme example, but I want to get the point across.
Through this almost irrelevant conversation, I was reminded once more to see that God is first, and that He has blessed each and every one of us with friends who share the common goal to seek Christ. We should define ourselves not as just Christians, but Disciples. Personally, when I confine God to just the church in my mind, I come to find that serving is obligatory. But when I open up my heart, and make Him limitless, I can serve unceasingly. Church should not be a clique, because Jesus didn’t just accept a few people in His house according to what he liked. He accepted everyone, disregarding even our sinful nature. That thought gives me a ton of hope and encouragement.
I thought my conversation with the fam was a really good reminder of God’s Jeong (without the negative side) for us. Here’s a bible passage I found fitting:
“That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.” – 1 John 1:3.