Adult SS Lesson – Dirty Feet

Dirty Feet  Proverbs 6:18

Pro 6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:  17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,   19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

            “6:18 … feet that be swift in running to mischief…”

 

            Interesting Statement: The average person takes 18,000 steps a day, walking about 65,000 miles in a lifetime. More important than how far we travel is where we allow our feet to travel…

 

            Introduction: In John 13, Jesus grabs a cloth and attempts to wash His disciples feet. Boldly Peter refuses to let Jesus wash his feet. Later, Peter asks Jesus to wash not  just his feet but his whole body. Jesus knew Peter loved Him (accepted Him) and thus was already internally clean but his feet come had contact with dusty, worldly roads and still needed to be washed…. With our feet we either honor Jesus Christ (Matt. 8:22) fleeing from evil (1 Cor. 6:18) or “walk in the counsel of the wicked” running to immortality. Christians cleansed by Jesus blood have been transformed by the Gospel but are still liable to the corruption of every-day life depending where they allow their feet to take them. We have to evaluate where we walk, contemplating if it’s in line with Jesus and His Word or pulling us away from the life He ultimately wants…

 

            #1: God Hates “feet that be swift in running to mischief” (“Dirty Feet” – Isaiah 53:6; John 13)

  • Explanation: Isaiah says, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him (Jesus Christ) the iniquity of us all.”

                                                                                    Isaiah 53:6

            The first step in spiritual “bathing” (purify our body) is confession and belief in Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9 – Salvation).  In acceptance of the Gospel we’re clean and covered but our “feet” day after day contact the sinful world, rejecting or accepting it.  How can you know you have “feet that be swift in running to mischief”” or “dirty feet”? Ask yourself…

            o Have I Failed to Accept Christ? – Jesus said to Peter (John 13) if He did not wash his feet then Peter would “have no part with Him. Failure to accept Jesus Christ meant having permanent “dirty feet” (associated with the world).

  • Ill… Some sick people unable to take a bath unless another helps. We are unable to take a spiritual bath without Jesus Christ. The heart can only be cleansed by confession and belief in Jesus blood. You done this?

            o Have I Failed to Listen to (apply) God’s Word? – After acceptance we continue to be transformed through application of God’s Word (Bible). Mary sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to Him. “Feet that run to evil” have no regard for God’s Word. They are un disciplined, going wherever they want (gossip circles, porn sites, etc.).

  • Ill. Biker tells his feet where to go and how fast to go. He does not listen to his feet his feet listen to him. We are listen to God’s Word, not ourselves!

            o Have I Failed to Think? — Dirty feet come when we do not contemplate (think). Proverbs tells us, “give careful thought to the paths for our feet”. (Proverbs 4:26)

  • Ill. Fireman goes quickly to rescue but doesn’t get burned as he has disciplined his thoughts. Failure to think correctly means failure to walk correctly.
  • Application: Jesus insists on not only saving us but also washing our feet daily! That’s why he did it with the disciples and still does every day if we call (called forgiveness). Two options…

            o Run to Our Own Desires – Failure to continue to enlist forgiveness, running too many times to evil, often allows God to give us up to our own paths and habits so we can see the true errors of our ways (passive wrath).

  • “God gave them over in the sinful desires…” Rom1:24

            o Run to God’s Desires – The man that seeks the Lord knows he will not only be forgiven but also purified from all unrighteousness.

  • “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 Jn 1:9

 

            #2: God Loves Feet That Rush to Godliness (Isaiah 52:7; Romans 10:5; 12:1-2; James 1:22)

  • Explanation: The gospel is given, not just to be known and believed, but also to be obeyed. It is not a system of ideas, but more a rule of practice. Jesus died for my sin (and yours) and thus it is my opportunity (not obligation) to honor Him through (1) confession then (2) obedience. Obedience strengthens faith allowing our feet to flee from evil and rush to godliness. How can we have feet that rush to Godliness?

            o Preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ! – Paul (and Isaiah) said those who bring the good news possess true, beautiful feet. (Isaiah 52:7 and Romans 10:15)

  • Ill. Reiteration is best way to remember and understand. Those communicating the Gospel constantly keep their feet clean, as it’s constant remembrance of Jesus Christ cleansing! Do you do this?

            o Listen (and apply) God’s Word! – James tells us that we are not to merely “listen to the word… do what it says.” (James 1:22) We sit at the Lord’s feet and then run (with our feet) to do what it says! We discipline ourselves to flee from evil.

  • Ill. When we run our feet do what we want us to go – it’s automatic. So it is when we continually implement God’s Word in our lives. Train your feet to do what’s right one step at a time.

            o Think! ¬– Paul talked about being a “living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1-2) transformed through the renewing of the mind. Contemplate what you are doing and if it is truly honoring to the Lord. Ask, “Is what I’m about to do truly going to bring honor and glory to the Lord?”

  • Ill. Little kids – “Are you sure you want to do that?” Remember, failure to think correctly means failure to walk correctly.
  • Application: If we already know Christ in our lives then it’s our responsibility to have feet that rush to Godliness (that which is good). Ways to have feet that rush to Godliness…

 

            o Hate Apathy and Reject Passivity –Be more than one who looks from the sidelines, get in the game!

  • “Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God.” (2 Samuel 10:7)

            o Stand Out – Verbally call sin… sin (in accordance with God’s Word). Fear God, not man while speaking the truth in love.

  • “Always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you… with gentleness and reverence.” (1 Peter 3:15)

            o Stand Strong – Don’t give up or give in when you are attacked or criticized.

  • “They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you,” declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 1:18-19)
  • “Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” (I Corinthians 15:58)

            o Serve – Seek first (with your feet) God’s Kingdom, glory and righteousness. Live for a greater reward by serving with your feet. Like hands that find evil when idle, so feet get dirty when they fail to serve…

  • “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)

 

            Conclusion: Where are you with Jesus? Do you need to invite Him in for the first time or back for forgiveness and washing your feet that have been in contact with the world?


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