Two Basins – April 18th, 2014

Saints of the Saviour
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).
Has humility died in the church today? Nobody wants to serve anymore. People are frustrated with God and with Christians. They are moving from church to church, prayer meeting to prayer meeting saying that they want to be used. They think that their talent has earned them the right to be recognized: “I’m so smart, or educated, or gifted I don’t understand why in the world they don’t use me.” They fail to recognize that maybe the reason they have not been acknowledged is because God hasn’t shone His light on them yet. Yes, at times God wants you to wait: not because you are not smart or talented but because your character isn’t ready to go where your talent will take you.
So, it is our job to make ourselves available to God and say: “Lord, anyway, anyhow you want to use me, please use me”; because, God will use whomever, whosoever He will use. No matter who doesn’t like you, when God is going to use you no one can prevent it. God is looking to hear us say “Lord, I’m not even worthy to be a doorkeeper. I’m just so grateful to be a child of the King.”
Remember what Pilate did when he had the chance to acquit Jesus? He called for a basin and washed his hands of the whole thing. His was a basin of self-righteousness, aloofness, arrogance!
But Jesus, in John 13the night before His betrayal, just before His crucifixion, knowing that He was running out of time“(His hour has come”), at a time when so many things would have been on His mind (pressure? Stress? Pain?), did what could be interpreted as one of the most important things of His life: Jesus, the King of Kings got a basin. Now think along with me:
  • You’re running out of time; You’re about to be crucified
  • You’re having supper with Your disciples, one of whom “is” the devil
  • You’ve got all kinds of issues going on and in the middle of all these
  • Of the many, many, many things that You could do and teach
  • You decide to gird Yourself with a towel, pour water Yourself and wash dirty, dusty feet? Wash Judas’ feet as well? He who betrayed you?
But Jesus is telling them [AND US] something:
I will be leaving you soon; I only have a few minutes with you; and since you are going to be the foundation on which the church is to be built, I’m telling you what the most important thing for the next generation of great leaders is: SERVING! SERVICE! HUMILITY!
Two basins. Which basin would you choose: Pilate’s basin of arrogance or Jesus’ basin of humility?
Proposed prayer: Dear Lord, I want to learn from You, how to be humble so that You can use me. Please let this Easter be a new life for me. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
Have a blessed Easter

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