When we realize that nothing can thwart God’s plan, and that you and I are a part of that plan, I think there could be a couple of attitudes that might pop up: (1) Confidence―not in my abilities, but in God’s; or (2) Humility―not thinking less of myself, but thinking of myself less.
Confidence without humility leads to self-destructive pride, and humility without confidence leads to self-destructive fear. We need confidence with humility, just like Jesus demonstrated in going to the old rugged Cross.
These two attitudes converge powerfully in John 13:1-17 when we read that Jesus knew that God had put all authority under His command (vv. 1, 3), and then He used His confident authority to serve His friends by washing their feet.
Confidence without humility won’t serve because it thinks others must serve them. Humility without confidence won’t serve because it thinks others will take advantage of them. But Jesus was confidently humble (or humbly confident) so He could serve. It’s the only time Jesus said “I have set you an example” (v. 15). Our attitude is to mirror His, and we are to confidently and humbly serve.
A humbly-confident / confidently-humble servant is known by his or her:
- Heart―E.G.O. (edging God out) or E.G.O. (exalting God only) [*]
- Head―having his/her thoughts aligned with the Word of God
- Hands―serving God and others (Matthew 20:25-28)
If you were to honestly reflect on this, where do you rate yourself?
- Are you confident that God loves you and has a plan for your life, a plan that cannot be thwarted?
- Are you humble enough to serve others? To give up your own agenda so that God is glorified?
- Can you honestly say you have the right E.G.O.?
- Are your thoughts becoming more and more aligned and shaped by God’s Word?
We’ll be continuing our series on The Old Rugged Cross next Sunday, and I would love to have you join us.
[*] My thanks to Kenneth Blanchard for his insightful description of E.G.O. in his book Lead Like Jesus