Scripture John 13:2-5 NIV
2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
- Contrast (vss. 2 & 3) between the devil’s prompting of Judas’ and all things being under Jesus’ power. Only Judas is under the devil’s power? ALL things are under that of Jesus.
- Jesus’ origin in God and his sure return to God and all things being under his power are why he can wash the disciples’ feet.
Humility is not a sign of weakness. Nor is it merely resignation to a greater force. It comes from the sure knowledge of who I am and whose I am. From knowing my place, my source, my origin. And therefore not needing affirmation or attention from other sources.
I too often find myself needing validation or attention from outside me – from superiors at work or community groups. I want to be recognized and to be acknowledged in some way – as a leader, as a success (C.S. Lewis’ The Inner Ring captures this perfectly!)
Jesus knew from where he came… he was clear about his mission… he knew where he would go when his mission (and his life) ended… he knew with certainty that nothing was outside his control.
I am not Jesus. But to follow him and to yield to him under whom the Father has placed all things allows me to develop true humility.
Lord, you have put all things under Jesus’ power. Place me under that power today. May I live with such certainty of your purposes and your power that I can do whatever you require of me today. May I humble myself as Jesus did with the sure knowledge that it is before you I humble myself most of all. In the name of the Humble One, Jesus Your Son. Amen.