THE BOWL OF HUMILITY


There is a bowl at the last supper and it is not on the table, but on the floor. It is the bowl Jesus used to wash the disciples feet.





John 13:
Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”


Jesus was the epitome of humility. 

The story tells us that he knew who he was.  He knew his responsibility, where he came from and where he was going.  True humility comes from a place of great strength, not weakness.  It comes from knowing your security in God.

How important are you?  How much more important do you sometimes think you are than those around?  Does your identity depend on the flashy robe you cloak yourself in?

  • The Pastor, The Board member, The Ministry leader
  • The Advocate, The Listener, The Fixer
  • The neighbourhood mom, The father figure, The Big Brother, Big Sister

All of us have a personae or role we assume.  Some are given their role and others just assume it. What about Jesus?  He was truly important and yet puts that aside.  He took off the important man outfit and assumed a lower role. 

Humility is not for the weak-stomached.  Humility is not for insecure people who are jostling for importance.  The disciples argued over who was most important and should sit next to the boss in his Kingdom.

When we encounter difficulty and need in others, we are faced with the choice of humbly bowing to wash their feet.

Jesus told them, “You don’t understand what I’m doing now, but it will become clear to you later.” When we love and serve others with humility, they may not understand.  But later, it makes sense.  If the one greater shows humility, then I can show it to those who challenge my sense of self-importance.





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