And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:17–19 NIV)
Jesus didn’t care if someone mistook him for a servant, and that’s why he was comfortable grabbing the towel instead of the spotlight.
Can you see how much trust Jesus had in the Father, that he would lay down all of his privileges in order to pick up the towel and bowl of a servant?
What we see in Jesus is what God wants in us: someone who fully grasps the magnitude of God’s love, allowing the length, width, depth and height of his love to seep into our deepest parts. His love scrubs away our insecurities, and it gives us that fresh-scented energy and grace to serve others with the same passion that Jesus has to serve us (Ephesians 3:18–19).
The more you become like Jesus, the more you will passionately serve others. And that means they may mistake you for the “help.” Don’t let that bother you, because if you get down on your knees, say, to clean up a spill, you’ll find Jesus is already there with a wink, a smile and a towel.
You’ll find him pleased that you are as passionate to serve others as he is to serve you. By passionately serving others, God will ignite the power in you to grasp the width, length, height and depth of his love for you and for those you serve.
Ask God to show you specific ways you can serve others, starting today.
Jon Walker is the author Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s ‘The Cost of Discipleship’ and managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotionals. © 2011 Jon Walker. Used by permission.
Saddleback Resources offers a small group Bible study related to these devotionals: The Invisible War-Winning the Battle of Temptation.