Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Daily devotional: Serve and love with confidence

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God;
John 13:3 NIV

I find it interesting that setting the stage before Jesus washed His disciples' feet, and before Jesus proclaims His command to mimic His servant leadership (vv. 14-15) and love one another as Jesus has loved us (v.34), John records this foundational statement. Jesus was comfortable in His own shoes; He knew His position and His authority, so He was able to serve and love with confidence and humility. He was not as the Pharisees (and the rest of us typically) are as in John 12:43 in that we love praise from men more than praise from God. Rather, His confidence and perspective allowed Him to move powerfully in a way that people could not ignore. By mimicking Jesus, everyone will know that we are His disciples (John 13:35).

Stand firm in the confidence of who I am in Christ. Then move forward with that confidence, and in humility, serve and love others. Let all men know I am Jesus' disciple and not be able to ignore His powerful message of salvation because of the love and service they see coming from me.

Lord, thank you for setting an example for us throughout Your time on the earth. May I rest securely in who I am in You. Help me to move forward confidently to serve and love others as You have served and loved me. Help me to be humble and a shining light that non-believers cannot ignore or explain away. May my actions point people to You for Your glory. In Jesus' name I make this petition to You, because You said in John 14:13-14 that You will do whatever we ask in Your name so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.

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