“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.”
John 13:4–5, NIV.
The mood is somber; conversation is dismal, and the spiritual climate is changing. Jesus is aware that His time on earth is concluding and with death quickly approaching He, like anyone who knows they are about to die, imparts a few last life lessons to those who are closest to Him. Instead of relishing in His Kingly glory, Jesus chooses to humble Himself to the role of a servant and washes His disciple’s feet.
How can we become confident to serve in a world that promotes self? The spirit of entitlement tries to permeate our lives even though it is contrary to the way Jesus lived His life on earth. Our Lord would have been justified to have a spirit of entitlement, since He was sinless and God dwelling in the flesh, but He chose to be selfless and ministered to His disciples in a way that transcended cultural norms.
Prayer: Lord, teach me how to invest in people like You do. I pray You would transform how I view ministry and help me serve people, as You do. If a spirit of entitlement rises up in me, help me to realize it right away so I can ask You to purify my heart. l not only desire to love like You love, but I want to serve how You serve. Lead me to someone I can minister to today. In Jesus name.
“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Psalm 27:14
How can we be courageous in waiting?
Relinquishing our control can be such a struggle because it is human nature to desire immediate action and instant gratification. It is an arduous responsibility to abandon our dreams, our desires and our plans to God. When we control our day, we can anticipate a general outcome. But, when we allow God to control our day, He does what He wants when He wants. Scary, isn’t it? This is where a courageous heart is necessary.
God does not require us to comprehend the elaborate details; He expects us to abandon our control, follow His guidance, obey His voice, and be confident in His plan.
Waiting on God is proof of trust because our flesh reacts to waiting.
What is God asking from you today? Are you questioning the process and uncertain of the end result? God is imploring you to be courageous by waiting on Him. You have an assurance today; God will strengthen your heart. You will never encounter regret when you step out in faith to follow God’s plan for your life and you will never be disappointed when you trust Him with the details of your life.
Prayer: Sometimes it is so difficult for me to be patient and to relinquish control to You, Lord, but I pray that You will help me to wait on You. You see my weaknesses and I desire Your strength to permeate every area of my life. I love you, Lord. Today, I will be courageous and wait on You!
“But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses.” Exodus 4:13–14, NIV.
Can you identify with Moses’ feelings of reluctance and inadequacy? “No God, not me, please choose someone else. Don’t you know my weaknesses and limitations?” Personally, I have been at this place an embarrassing number of times in my life.
God called Moses to be the deliverer, but fear, insecurity, and maybe even pride took the place of faithful obedience to God’s commandment and calling. God’s anger burned when Moses helplessly begged, “Please send someone else.”
It was God’s mercy, not approval, which permitted Aaron to be Moses’ voice. God ordained Moses to be the spokesman and the deliverer to the captives in Egypt and was angry at Moses’ excuses, especially since He affirmed his calling and power at the burning bush (Ex. 3:9–21).
God will never involve Himself in a dream that you’re able to achieve alone. Please stop depending on someone else’s abilities when God has designed you to do it. Moses was uniquely chosen for his mission and, today, God wants to use you to trigger the miraculous. Go ahead, be courageous and honor God by obeying His voice. You’ve got this.
Prayer: Lord, help me trust in Your ability and not my weaknesses. I want to depend on Your strength and not my frailty. I’m sorry if I have rejected Your call. From now on, give me the strength and courage to say, “Yes, Lord.”