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Jesus Knew

Jesus Knew

10 August 2011

Reading: Jeremiah 7-9; John 13

Scripture:

3 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. (John 13:3-5 NLT)

Jesus knew that the Father had put him in charge of everything, that he came from God and that he was on his way back to God. Jesus was not insecure. Jesus knew his place in the scheme of things. Jesus knew that he could call 10,000 angels to get him out of all the terrible things that were to happen over the next sixteen hours. Knowing all that, he took off his robe, wrapped himself in a towel, knelt down, and began to wash his disciples’ feet.

The question to me is, “If I knew I was in a position of power or place of influence, how would I behave? Would I use my power to make people do what I wanted them to do? Would I demand to be served? Would I behave like a dictator and then excuse the behavior as ‘What’s best for the people?’”

For Jesus, his God-given place of authority was an opportunity to serve and to sacrifice for others. No “entitlement” attitude, no opportunism, no “What’s in it for me?”

Prayer:

Father, Once again your word challenges me to examine my own heart in light of the heart of Jesus. Help me to be willing to exchange the master’s robe for the servant’s apron. Help me not to use position or influence for self-gain. Remind me that knowing who I am in relationship to you is enough. Amen.

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