“Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.”
John 13:3-5, NLT
It seems as though nothing was beneath Jesus when it came to His community. He hung out with the despised tax collectors. He saved the life of an adulteress. He routinely sacrificed his desires to meet the needs of the people. But nothing shouts “servant” like this verse. Here is Jesus, the One who has the authority to do anything, anywhere, at any time and yet the job He chooses in this moment is one of the dirtiest, yet most touching, acts ever.
God washed His friends’ feet.
What do we do with our power? From where do we believe our power comes? If we need people to constantly affirm our power, or if we need to affirm our power by engaging in or abstaining from certain activities, is what we have truly real? Or rather, is it fleeting? Is it temporal? Temporary?
Romans 8:11 says, “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.” We have access to the same power Jesus has. It’s a power that pales in comparison to that power which the world gives. But what will we do with it? Will we use it? Trust it? Believe it?
Jesus lost nothing—not His integrity, deity, or self-worth--by serving His friends or in the community at large. He was secure in both His identity and His mission. This allowed Him to do incredible things in the lives of those around Him. When people witnessed His works, many of them recognized Him as Someone who is for them.
What could happen if we as individuals and as the church used our God-given power to show both our small groups and our communities that God is for them? When we move past the worldly standards we sometimes fight so hard to uphold and instead adhere to the model of Christ as it pertains to power, we see there is very little risk, and very large rewards.
Do I live as though I have access to the same Spirit of power Jesus had?
How is God asking me to use the power He has given me to serve, both at Northpoint and in our larger community?
Jesus, show me how I can daily access the same power You have given Jesus and help me to use it to better serve those around me. Amen.
Run with it
If you’re part of a community group, check in with your group about serving. Make a plan to serve with one of our non-profits (npaustin.com/BeForAustin) or, if you have already gotten out into our community recently, reflect on this question: How did God use you to be part of His good gift to others?