Chapter 2 - Being Humbled

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Leaders. 

Everyone wants to be a courageous, brave leader, right?

What about being a follower? After all, Jesus himself was a follower. He says so himself, saying in the book of John that he "does not speak by his own authority." 

John 12: 49 (NKJV) says:

49. "For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak." 

Is that not the mindset of a follower? Jesus followed the Father, the Lord Almighty, with every word, deed, and action that he performed. Through being a follower, Jesus was also a mighty leader. 

When he told crowds (this happened throughout the duration of the New Testament) to follow him, they did, didn't they? 

Of course! If I saw Jesus in the flesh, I'd follow him, too!

Shouldn't we still do that today, though we can't see him as the crowds did in those times? 

The temptation to say "no" is unbearable in the hearts of many. A lot of people say that since they can't see, touch, or feel God, that he shouldn't be followed, worshiped, or prayed to, much less believed in. 

Well, uh... Can you see, touch, or feel your brain? No? What makes God any different? Just because we can't see, touch, or feel him doesn't mean that he does not exist. Though many are still tempted to say "no" to God for such a fact, I'll leave you with a verse of inspiration from 1 Corinthians, chapter 10.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV) says:

 13. No temptation has overtaken you except such that is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

I know it's taken me a while to work up to the point of being humble, which is the title of this chapter. 

In order to follow Jesus with full hearts, we must be humble. We can't all be leaders with high egos, but we can all follow the Lord with humble hearts. 

You see, Jesus didn't come to Earth and simply tell us these things. 

He showed us. 

Allow me to tell you a story from the book of John. 

John 13: 1-7 (NKJV) says: 

1. Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. 

2. And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, 

3. Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God,

4. rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. 

5. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to was the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.

6. Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, "Lord, are You washing my feet?" 

7. Jesus answered and said to him, "What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this." 

Later on, Jesus continued in John 13: 34, 35 (NKJV) saying: 

34. "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 

35. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

In summary, in case you skipped over the scripture, Jesus stood up after he finished eating at the Passover, knowing that he was due to die soon. 

He took off his clothes, wrapping a towel around himself in their place, and grabbed a bowl full of water. With it, he began to wash the disciples' feet. This left Simon Peter rather confused, but Jesus assured him that though they don't know what he's doing now by washing their feet, they'll understand soon. 

Later, Jesus speaks of a new commandment, and that is to love one another as he has loved us. The world will know that we are followers of Jesus if we love one another. 

Jesus humbled himself in washing the feet of disciples who followed him. By following the Lord his Father- our Father- he himself became a leader but humbled himself instead of swimming in pride. 

Shouldn't we do the same? 

Being humble and modest are admirable features that Christians ought to have. However, we do, being human, let pride consume us sometimes. 

Pride- throughout all history, not just that of the Bible- has been the inevitable downfall of many. 

Don't let it be the downfall of you. 

You're better than that. 

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