|Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God…then he began to wash his disciples feet –John 13:3-5
After reading this passage a few times, I tried to figure out exactly what took place in the scenario, then it hit me. Jesus had full confidence in who he was and where he was going, so he had no problems with humbling himself enough to do something that a servant normally does. He knew that doing what he did would not change who he was or where he was going.
How many of you can say the same thing about yourselves? Do you have full confidence in who you are? Do you know where you are going? Do you know what you have to do?
These are the questions you need to ask yourselves before you can truly develop the heart of a servant that Jesus had and longs for you to have. In order to deny yourself and take up your cross after Christ daily, you have to know who you are in Him. If you are not confident in your position within the body of Christ, your insecurities will not allow you to humble yourself.
It takes a lot of faith, confidence, humility, self-assurance, etc to get to where Jesus was, regarding the spirit of servitude, but if the God of the universe could do it, then why can’t you? Many of us are like Martha in Luke 10:38-41. She was doing a lot in preparation of Jesus’ dinner, but Mary just sat at his feet, listening to him. Martha got so frustrated that she said that “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself?” When you truly develop a spirit of servitude, you wouldn’t be worried about what others around you are not doing; you wouldn’t need recognition or approval from others; you wouldn’t have to think twice before putting other’s needs ahead of yours; you just wouldn’t.
How can you develop this spirit? Just like you would develop your body. Exercise it, train it, and grow it. Be intentional about putting others ahead of yourself, because the more conscious you are about it, the more naturally it will come to you. Help others and let the light of God within you shine to the world. If someone on the street asks you for money, and you have it, just give it without worrying about what they are going to use it for. When we start to think of ourselves less, we give God room to work within us, and that is truly what it is all about.
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