“I AM BETTER THAN….”
“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” John 13: 14-15 NIV
Read: John 13:1-17
How often do you compare yourself to someone else? Do you envy their new car or how many vacations they take? Maybe, you wish you were as tall as they are or if only you had their job.
The opposite is also true. With a bit too much ego, you might find yourself feeling more important than someone else. You think, ‘I spent 8 years in college to get where I am so I am deserving of being treated better than others.’ Maybe, you were born very poor and pulled yourself up by your bootstraps and you feel more worthy because of your hard work.
GOD created us all alike and still all so much different. HE created us the way HE wanted. Then, HE gave us each free will to things our way or HIS way. Feeling we are better than others is not GOD’S will. If you ever feel you are better than someone else, that feeling alone is proof you are not. Let’s read this last sentence again. If you ever feel you are better than someone else, that feeling alone is proof you are not.
We are not to be better than. We are to be servants of our TRIUNE GOD. In Mark 9:35 we read: “Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, ‘Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.'” Does this describe you?
In Romans, Paul describes himself in verse one as “a servant of CHRIST JESUS, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of GOD”. Are you set apart for the gospel? You are. Accept it. GOD created you to be HIS servant.
That guy at the car wash; are you his servant? Are you submissive to the clerk at the department store? Don’t they deserve your respect? Are not they created by GOD to feel HIS SON’S saving grace of salvation just as you? Often repeated as a scripture (even though it is not), it is a faithful lesson: “There but for the grace of GOD, go I.” Take it to heart!