Saturday, 26 September 2015
After Jesus finished washing His disciples’ feet, He asked them, “Do you understand what I have done to you?”
Washing of feet is not meant to be a Christian ritual, but a reminder for us to follow the example of our Lord Jesus Christ in serving each other in humility.
Love and humility is supposed to be the distinguishing feature of our Christian fellowship and service, but love and humility are hindered by pride and self-love.
Jesus’ disciples had wanted to be the greatest.
[Pause and ask: Does it really matter?]
Peter, for example, had said, “We have left all and followed You” (Matthew 19:27). Peter was a man of absolute surrender; he gave up all to follow Jesus; Peter was also a man of ready obedience, a man of spiritual insight but much was lacking …
[Pause and reflect: Peter was living the life of ‘self’ until later ... God used him to write the epistles, 1 Peter and 2 Peter.]
When Jesus began to speak about His sufferings, Peter had said, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” (Matthew 16:22) Then Jesus said, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men” (Matthew 16:23).
Peter in his self-will, trusting his own wisdom, was actually forbidding Christ to go and die.
[Pause and ask: Do I not live in my self-will? Do I not trust my own wisdom? Do I really seek the things of God?]
These are solemn questions and we need to be absolutely honest when we answer them.
We may be very earnest, godly, devoted … but the power of the flesh can still be very strong. We often use our own mind to think …
Peter, before he denied Christ, had cast out devils and healed the sick. Yet the flesh had power, and the flesh had room in him …
We have to realize that it is because there is so much of the self-life in us that the power of God cannot work in us as mightily as He desires it to work.
It is the work of our Lord Jesus Christ to disclose the power of self.
Dear Father God,
Remind us to be still, humble, receptive, sensitive, desiring to know the things of God, and be obedient, prayerful and thankful.
Remind us to look deep into Your Word and see Jesus, hear His voice teaching us, submit and surrender our lives to You.
Fill us with the Holy Spirit so that we may know the truth and walk away to live it out.
Let love and humility be the distinguishing features of our Christian fellowship and service.
In Jesus’ name I pray.
Lam Yee Ling