STOOPING TO CONQUER Luke 22:7-30
A dispute also arose among them, which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. (v24)
We said understating one’s identity rests on four things. (1) a sense of belonging was discussed on Day 274 (2) a healthy attitude to one’s death was discussed on Day 276. Lets briefly discuss the other two things.
(3) A willingness to confront difficult issues. From the above passage Luke 22:7-30 shows that at the time they celebrated the Passover, His disciples were arguing about which of them was the greatest. Jesus taught them by example what humility means by washing their feet. He laid aside His garments and took a towel to wash their feet (John 13:3-5 KJV) Phillips Brooks, a preacher of a past generation said, “The true way to be humble is not to stoop until you are smaller than yourself, but to stand at your real height against some higher nature that will show you what the real smallness if your greatness is. (4) The fourth one – A loving spirit that reaches out to others (1 Peter 4:1-11) “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others faithfully administering God’s grace (v10)
Luke in account of he Last Super tells us that Jesus interrupted this self – centred conversation with the words. “I am among you as one who serves (Luke 22:27) From John’s account we know that He gave a visual demonstration of His words by wrapping a towel round His waist and washing the disciples feet. Then, when He had resumed His place at supper, He said, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you (John 13:15)
PRAYER LINE: God my Father, forgive me if my life is not being stretched in service to others on Your behalf. Help me find a need, and in Your strength seek to meet it. In Jesus’ Name. Amen (EDWJ)
Surrender is God’s love language.