Monday, August 10

Know who you are in Christ

Scripture: Jeremiah 7-9, John 13

John 13:3–5 Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. 4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, 5 and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.

Observation

Notice the connection between what Jesus knew and what Jesus did.  

He knew who He was.  He knew that He had been given authority over everything, that He had come from God and would return to God.  

What did He do with that knowledge?  He washed the disciples’ feet.  He willingly took the role of the lowest servant; He did what none of them would do because they considered it beneath them (see Luke 23).  

But the Greatest among them, the One who had authority over everything, didn’t consider it beneath Him.  He bowed down in humble service.

 

Application

Two things:

First, greatness is measured by service, not privilege.  Jesus said that He came not to be served (privilege) but to serve (Mark 10:45).  When you think some task is beneath you (as the disciples’ did with this foot washing), then you think you are greater than Jesus.  You’re not thinking like Him.  

Jesus had all authority over everything; He could command others to wash feet, but instead He did it because He didn’t see authority as privilege but service.

Second, know who you are and you’ll serve.  It’s our insecurity, our need to prove ourselves to others that keeps us from humble service.  When you think something is beneath you, you have forgotten who you are!  You are God’s beloved child!  When you know who you are in Christ, when you know you are deeply loved, fully forgiven and completely accepted, you have nothing left to prove and no one left to impress.  You can relax and joyfully serve.  

Prayer: Lord, help us to know who we are in You and set us free to joyfully serve others around us.