Vessel (Humble, Part 2)

Ask yourself, was Jesus humble as he walked the earth?

Of course.

If you moved in the same power as Jesus today, would you become prideful? Would you diminish the miracle or diminish yourself so you could feel humble? (This, as we began to explore in part 1, is rather prideful.)

You already know the punch line. We are asked to move in the power of Jesus–and even greater power. So we need to get pride under control, especially the particularly insidious sort of pride that masquerades as humility.

In Jesus’s last meal with his disciples he describes his relationship with God the Father.

“He who has seen Me has seen the Father… Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.” – John 14:9-12 (NASB)

So how could Jesus be both humble and outrageously powerful?

His attention was not on himself but on God his Father. He was not engaging in self-judgement or even self-attention while he was creating five thousand meals from a kid’s lunch, healing lepers with one touch, or turning over the tables in the temple like some kind of righteous old-west brawl.

No, Jesus was a vessel for the Father’s words and works in those moments. He was simply delighting in the Father.

September 11, 2011