We Are What We Will
- Date: 6/4/2005 12:00:00 AM
- Teacher: Pastoral Staff
- Scripture: "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."(Philippians 2:8)
- From Panel Discussion
Jesus rises up, girds Himself with a towel, and begins to wash the disciples' feet.
Peter says, "Everybody else in here can wash my feet, because I know I'm better than everybody else. But Jesus, You're not washing my feet!"
He says, "If I don't wash your feet, you can't have any part with Me."
Peter had that tendency to be a little self-reliant, didn't he? He was a great worker to do anything for the Lord--in his own strength. What do you do to get a man emptied of himself? You give him a glimpse. "Though everybody else forsakes You, Lord, You can count on me." What a revelation was coming to this man. Every one of us in one way or another gets to make the decision that Peter made. Humility is coming to grips with who we really are--the pride, the ugliness, the sin. We cry out for mercy, saying, "Lord, if You can use this for Your glory, here am I. Not my will, Thy will be done."
Jesus, coming in the fashion of a man, the Scripture says, "humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the [obedience] of the cross" (Phil. 2:8). Humility is evidenced in obedience unto death. What are you facing today that you have to choose to die to? We're moved by these stories of Jesus washing the disciples' feet, of His agony on the cross, and in Gethsemane, but we are not what our emotions express. We are not at all what our intentions are or what we know. We are what we will. Are you willing to make God all and self nothing? That's humility.
As we look at these examples of the disciples, we would like to think that we don't think we're better than anybody else. Would we wash everyone's feet because we're obligated to the biblical example? Might it be that we would gain some personal worth from the role of servant, or would it be for the glory of God? What will bring the most honor to God? What would Jesus do? People wear those little "WWJD" bracelets. That's a great reminder, and if you need a bracelet, wear it. What would Jesus do? "[It is no longer I that live], but Christ that liveth in me: and the life which I now live...I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me" (Gal. 2:20).
Do I have to have the best? Do I have to have it my way?
"Oh, I'm willing to serve--my way. I'm willing to give everything--my way."
Are you at perfect peace today that you are where God wants you, how He wants you for the moment, and that you are totally available to His eternal purposes? Can you say with total confidence because of the grace given, "Not my will; Thy will be done"? Then we are embracing that which makes us great in the kingdom.
It's so good in a world of discontentment to be satisfied, in a world of fear to be at peace, in a world of ambition to be without an agenda, in an atmosphere of men pleasers to seek only the praise of God. What's going on inside of you? If you want more, that which makes you feel good or look good, or that which gratifies, welcome to the club. This whole teaching is not about that going away. It will never go away. The teaching is about making a choice to despise that, hate that, recognize it as the lie it is, and choose to be obedient to the death of the cross. That's the choice we need to make on a momentary basis. Where God is all, self is nothing.