Jesus is headed to the cross.
But first He washes His disciple’s feet…
Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet. John 13:3-5
Did you catch that first line? Jesus was secure in who He was and whose He was and that enabled Him to freely serve.
There’s a myth that goes something like this, “Security will make you selfish.” We fear becoming prideful, forgetting others, pursuing our own agendas.
But here’s the secret Jesus shows us…
Security leads to service.
Insecurity does just what it sounds like, turns us inward. We focus on ourselves, our appearance, our house, our talents, our…
This is hurting me to write, girls, ugh.
Because I imagine you’re like me and you really want to do all you can to help, serve, be humble.
If so, then we need to be secure, confident, assured that we’re loved.
You won’t become prideful, I promise.
I know, I’ve worried about that too.
But pride is really just another form of insecurity. It’s an effort to puff ourselves up so we seem bigger (and therefore are safer).
If we want to become more unselfish, then we’ve got to believe what God says about us.
Because when we do, we’ll be able to stop looking inward and instead focus outwardly on Him and others.
But we’ll be okay. We’re just scared because we’ve never thought about things this way before, it’s unfamiliar territory.
And what’s unknown is always scary.
But as we practice this, lean into God’s love, ask Him to show us a new way of living, that fear will go away, I promise. And what’s even better, He promises.
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
(sounds a lot like security to me)
I’m ready to take the risk of thinking about all of this differently…will you try it with me?
* When I planned this series, I didn’t know about Beth Moore’s new book, So Long, Insecurity, You’ve Been A Bad Friend to Us. Everything she does is excellent and I highly recommend it as well as her blog!