Day 13: You Don’t Understand the Meaning

Every year as a church, we pray & fast corporately for 21 days to get clear direction from God for our lives and the new year. This year, we will be reading the book of John together (1 chapter a day). Today is Day 13.

Today’s Reading: John, Chapter 13

Author: Steven Patton

“You don’t understand yet the meaning of what I’m doing, but soon it will be clear to you.” John 13:7 (TPT)

A short time after I became a Christian, I had an experience at a Subway restaurant that I will never forget. I had ordered a foot-long sub, and as I finished the first half, a thought suddenly came to me: you could save the second half for the homeless person near the bus stop outside. I sat there perplexed at this random thought that came to me, and then ate the rest of my sandwich. Later I left the restaurant and saw a homeless man right next to the bus stop! I was completely defeated. The Lord wanted to use me to bless another person, and I had failed to be obedient to His call.

As I read the passage, it occurred to me that my response to the Lord in Subway was more like Peter than Jesus. When Jesus knelt down to wash his feet, Peter resisted him. He did not have enough faith to allow the Lord to do something that made him uncomfortable. I also lacked the faith to believe that the Lord had spoken to me personally and invited me to do something that would have taken me out of my comfort zone.

Jesus used his feet-washing activity to present a new commandment: to love each other as much as He has loved us (v.34). Paul described this as living in the faith that is activated and brought to perfection by love (Galatians 5:6 TPT). When Jesus prompts you to do something, I challenge you to respond to Him by faith with an emphatic Yes! He may not ask you to wash someone’s dirty feet. But whatever He does say, it might come at a time when you are tired or not in the mood to serve. It might seem strange or difficult, and like Peter, you might find yourself saying, “Lord, why do you want me to do this?” And when that moment comes, remember what Jesus told Peter: you don’t understand yet the meaning of what I’m doing, but soon it will be clear to you.


Elevate Church in Santa Clarita is passionate about helping the community connect with God in a real way by having a relationship with Jesus Christ. The Santa Clarita church focuses on providing the community with practical principles for daily living based on Biblical teachings.

Services are held in Santa Clarita on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 12 p.m.

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