After that he (Jesus) poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciple’s feet … For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you” (John 13:5, 15).
I had a long but wonderful day yesterday spending time with Touch Keo, our Cham people, and the children of the Dal village. I left at 6:30 AM and returned at 9:30 PM, but had a tremendous day. What a tremendous joy and blessing it is to serve Jesus where the need is so great!
My reading yesterday, in John’s Gospel, brought me face-to-face with the importance of humble servitude [JN 13:1-15] in the spirit of love [JN 13:34-35]. It seems so simple. Just love God and love others [MATT 22:37-40], and everything else will just fall into place. 🙂 It looks good on the sheets of my Bible. It’s just that it’s another thing in my personal life. Also, read the powerful passage in JN 15:1-8, 16, dealing with abiding in Christ, being cleansed by the Word, and fruitfulness!
In yesterday’s reading of James I came to James 4:6-10, and was once again confronted with the pride in my heart and life. It has often been said that pride is the last foothold or stronghold of Satan in the life of a believer. As we read both the Old and New Testaments, this becomes very clear. As we search over the the past 2,000 years of church history we see this is true. And, unfortunately, as we look back on our own lives, it becomes very clear that “the struggle is real.”
In this one act of humility, when the Creator of the universe, the Redeemer of mankind, and Eternal Son of God chose to “lower” himself in love and servitude we find a wonderful example how we should live our lives for His glory and the good of others. Humble servitude (Philippians 2:5-8) MOTIVATED BY LOVE for God and others (1 Corinthians 13; Matthew 22:37-39) is the way we should live, serve, and, if need be, die!
Oh, so very easy to talk about, teach and preach about, but living it is an entirely different story!
“The real issue here is not if pride exists in your heart; it’s where pride exists and how pride is being expressed in your life. Scripture shows us that pride is strongly and dangerously rooted in all our lives, far more than most of us care to admit or even think about.”
“At every stage of our Christian development and in every sphere of our Christian discipleship, pride is the greatest enemy and humility our greatest friend.”
Just reflecting on the humble servitude of Jesus!