Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.John 13:17 NIV
I think that the message of this verse is one that we all too often overlook. Many, if not most, Christians like to learn from the Bible. We listen to preachers on Sunday morning. We often attend Bible studies. And some will read books with a theological bent. And all of that is good. But, in itself, it is just a first step.
So what do you do with all you have learned? Is it just something to be used when playing Bible trivia? Does it enable you to answer the questions that you might be asked? Or does it have an impact on your life?
Applying the Word
That is really what Jesus tells us here. He had taught his disciples for several years, including this specific instruction about washing each other’s feet. And now, he told them that they would be blessed if they applied what he had taught them. If they took that knowledge in their heads and applied it to their lives. Don’t be satisfied with just knowing God’s word. Put it into practice in your daily life. You will be blessed if you do.