3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4 rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. – John 13:3-5

Usually, when I read these verses, the part that sticks out the most is how Jesus humbled Himself and washed the feet of his disciples.

However, something different stood out to me today.

Other than leaving an example of humility and servanthood for His disciples to follow, do you notice what else motivated his actions? He knew that He had access to all the resources of His Father. He knew that He had come forth from God and would be returning to Him.

Jesus was confident of His identity.

I believe this confidence gave him the assurance He needed to stoop to this position of humility.

This made me wonder if my struggle, sometimes, to serve others in this sacrificial way is due to a lack of confidence in my identity. 

If I walk each moment with an abiding awareness that I belong to the God of the universe, serving and loving others, even my enemies, would be much easier. 

I’m convinced that the strength we need to humble ourselves for the sake of loving others is found in knowing our identity in Christ. 

We have a heavenly Father who loves and adores us. We belong to an eternal kingdom and we have been made holy and blameless through the blood of Christ. This is who we are. 

Prayer:

Lord, help me to live each day according to who you have created me to be. I pray that my interactions and relationships with others would flow out of my relationship with You.

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