Hey guys! Chris here, today we are going to be talking about how God is humble and how He asks us to have the same heart and attitude!
Read John 13:1-7
Jesus is the ultimate example of being humble, and in this verse, He gives us a perfect picture of what being humble looks like. If you have never washed someone’s feet, it might seem like a strange thing for Jesus to do but try to put it in terms that are more relatable.
Say the Queen offered to do your homework, or your Principle came over to do your laundry, there are some people we think so highly of that we wouldn’t even want them to do those things for us if they offered. Washing another person’s feet would be the servant’s job, so for Jesus who was of ultimate authority to do it for them was unheard of – so we can relate to Peter when he tries to refuse.
Jesus reveals the lesson behind washing their feet at the end:
“Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them”.
It is very clearly stated that no one is greater than another and that is how we are called to think and act. This verse applies to any time you feel nervous or jealous around someone that you think is pretty cool. It also applies if you make fun of or ignore someone that you don’t like, or think is less than you. Put everyone before yourself even when it’s hard. Jesus washed ALL of his disciples’ feet knowing he would be betrayed by some of them, it would have been very easy to leave them out, but Jesus doesn’t rank us based on our actions.
1. What is something that you think you’re the best at? How do you feel when someone is better? Ask God for a humble heart in this area, to think about others before yourself.
2. When you meet someone new what is the first thing you think about? If they’re friendly are you friendly back? If they’re quiet do you try to make them feel welcome or shy away because its awkward? Write down what you think people first think about you when they meet you. What do you want them to think about you? Ask God to grow you in this.
3. Think of one time you felt humiliated or embarrassed, what was it that made you feel that way? If the same thing had happened while you were alone would you have felt the same? Be looking for ways to encourage people when they maybe feel embarrassed or uncomfortable.