The provision of Humbleness

On the cross, God looked at Jesus, and he saw us so that he could look at us and see Jesus.

John 13:3-5  Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God,  rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

Look closely at verse three: "Jesus knew that the Father had given all things into His hands." God is clear to show the provision He gives to Jesus. The thing about humility  is we first have to realize where our provisions come from. If I control my possessions and I am in charge of my provisions, then I do not need humility. Please understand this point.  The one who gives and provides for you is who we respect and honor.  So, who gives you everything? Who provides for you everything you need? The answer to these questions will show where your heart is.

It is true, many of us have jobs, many of us get pay checks, many of us have gone to college and received educations to get those jobs, and many of us work very hard during the week and it can be understood that we work hard for our provisions. We work for the food in our refrigerator, the house over our head, and the clothes on our back. We provide for our kids and we provide for our spouses, and it might look like we are the ones who are the providers.  If that is true then answer these questions:  Where does the breath in your lungs come from? Where does your intelligence come from? Who controlled your family background and knows everything about you?  

Jesus was clear about provision in His teaching on how to pray. He taught in His sermon (Mathew 6:11) on prayer to pray: "Give us this day, our…”  Our what?  "Our daily bread." He recognizes that we as humans need to ask God to provide for us. I think a lot of us have been so blessed, and have been given so much, it's easy to forget the fact that everything we have comes from God. Jesus remembered that the Father had given all things into His hands before He put the towel around His waist and got on His knees to wash His disciples' feet. That humbled Him to care for what the Father cared for.

Do you know that the same thing that the Father has given to Jesus has now been given to you?   All things have been given into our hands, if you belong to Jesus!  If you have Jesus, it's no longer about you, (You’re dead)  your life should be about the life of Jesus.  Why would the Father giving all things to Jesus mean He also gives them to you.  Jesus told us: "Whenever you pray in my name, ask and I will give it you.” (John 15:16)  Jesus gives us His rights and allows us to use His name for the purposes of God.  So many times we are focused on our wants and our purpose when what we need is to humble ourselves and focus on the perfect life of our Lord.  Our lives need to be all about His purpose and what God is doing through Jesus in the world around us.  The Father gave all things to our Savior.  Jesus is the preeminent one, the supreme one.  Jesus is above all things.  The Father gives that to Jesus, and then he gives Jesus to His creation.  That is exactly the provision we need and that is how God provides for you.  Humbled? 

Thank you God for giving us Jesus.  Help us to understand that all we have comes from you.  You are the provider and we are under you.  You alone deserve the glory and honor forever and ever.  Amen.