Do you struggle with insecurity?
The tension in the room was very uncomfortable. The constant, underlying competition to be the greatest led each of the disciples to look for ways to put others down or lift themselves up (Luke 22:24). When they gathered to celebrate their last Passover meal with Jesus, everything had been prepared, almost. A “servant” had not been asked to wash their feet when they entered the room. (It was a common necessity, for it was hard not to step in the filth that came from all the people and animals walking on the same paths.)
Their insecurity led each of them to ignore the regular ritual and the obvious smell, pretending as if nothing was wrong. Jesus observed their interaction and waited to see what they would do. After supper, “knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.” John 13:3-5
The security that Jesus had with His Father enabled Him to be the servant, rather than focus on being served. He was able to love the unlovable, rather than focusing on the faults of others. When He was done, He invited them to find their security in His love so they could love others as He had loved them (John 13:34,35).
Insecurity is common. In a world that is based on performance and accomplishments, people are always competing with others and comparing themselves to others. The problem is, we can always find people who do things better than we do. Insecurity keeps us focused on ourselves and leads us to live in constant fear of failure, rejection, loneliness or death.
Would you like to experience the same kind of security that Jesus had? Go to Lesson #4, The Gospel Foundation: Finding Security In Christ.