Let us do this for a year reading and responding to this Devontional Journal By Mark Dupre.
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and begin to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. (John 13:3-5)
” This is one of the most profound passage in Scripture in terms of knowing who we are and how self-identity affects serving. Here is Jesus at His highest moment of self-awareness: He knows where He’s come from (heaven); He knows what is going on in His life (His imminent suffering and death); He knows were He is going (heaven, again); and He knows His future position of glory and what He will ultimately posses. No identity crisis here. The self-awareness He possessed at age twevle and demonstrated at the temple in Jerusalem has now reached a peak. He is fully aware of who He is and what He has.
What does he do with this self-knowledge? Start a business? Fight a great battle? Get revenge on those who oppose Him? No, He serves. He takes the job of the most menial servant in a house- washing feet. And He washes the feet not of earthly kings and rulers, but of those under His authority–in effect, those who should be washing his feet.
What is the result of your knowing who you are? Is it feeling better about yourself? Or is it greater love for others? Does greater self-awareness bring you closer to others or does it make you pull back and focus more on yourself?
Jesus shows us how true self-awareness expresses itself. It serves. If Jesus is led to serve at the height of His own self-understanding, how much more should we be?
Prayer: Lord, deliver me from a self-awareness that causes me to become more self-centered. Let me find myself in You and hear the call to serve others.”