Selflessness ​and Selfishness

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Lord, if you are not dwelling inside of me what is the point of calling you my God and my King. I gladly give you all of me not just parts of me if it means that I am known as yours and yours alone. Where your heart is so will mine, who you love so will I Lord. This is my declaration and it shall be so.

When the Lord came to this Earth, He came with such compassion for His Sheep (His people), His love for us was so great that He was willing to lay down His life. He humbled himself before men and before God and stooped down as a servant to wash His disciple’s feet (John 13) as had been done to Him in John 12:1-8, both contexts were a demonstration of love. The woman in chapter 12 came to wash Jesus’ feet to worship and anoint Him for His soon coming crucifixion, this woman had reached a level of intimacy and understanding of who the Lord was before His disciples even understood, Jesus even chastises the disciples (Judas in particular) and tells them to ‘leave her alone: she has kept it [fragrance and oil] for the day of My burial’ (John 12:7). *Unashamed of how people perceived Her, Mary let down her hair (in those days a woman letting down her hair in public was an issue) and began to wipe His feet with it to show her love and devotion.

Jesus replied: “If I don’t wash you, you have no part with Me.” Simon Peter said to Him,” Lord, not only my feet, but also my hands and my head

John 13:8-9

In those days because the ground was so dusty, when a guest arrived at a house the host would have his servant wash their guest’s feet, however, this task though necessary was a lowly job only given to the lowliest of servants in the house. Yet, Christ in Chapter 13, stoops down to wash **His disciple’s feet, an act that required great humility. Through this act, Jesus was teaching His disciples to humble themselves and serve people with the same level of compassion, for if a master is humble so too must His slave otherwise it would be strange that a slave is more boastful than His own master, for should not a slave reflect after His master, in the same manner, a son reflects after his father.

What is also similar about the two accounts is the stark contrast between Christ’s selflessness and those who deeply loved Him. In Chapter 12 this was Mary and in Chapter 13 this was Peter and the disciple, ‘the one Jesus loved’ (John 13:22), contrast to the selfishness within Judas’ heart.

Judas was one of Christ disciples:

  • Did he believe that Christ was Lord? Yes
  • Did He sacrifice all He had to follow Jesus’ ministry? Yes
  • Did He see Christ perform extraordinary miracles? Yes
  • Did He call upon the name of the Lord and demons were cast aside? Yes
  • Did He evangelise and testify that the Lord was God? Yes
  • Did He baptise the people in the manner which Christ had asked of His disciples too? Yes
  • Did He receive anointed teachings from the Lords mouth? Yes

Judas was not an unbeliever, He was not a Pharisee who refused to believe that Christ was Lord of all, in fact, he sacrificed 3 years of His life for Christ’s ministry, he saw extraordinary miracles and as a disciple even performed some himself. Judas’ heart was covered, it never belonged to Christ, it is not that He didn’t believe in Him, it is that after 3 years His level of understanding of Christ was still at infancy, He wanted a King on Earth like the King the crowd whom Jesus fed in John 6:15 sought after, not understanding that Christ already had a Kingdom. Christ fed him with a portion of bread dipped in water ( bread symbolises Christ and Water symbolises His Spirit, Christ had given him a glimmer of who he was), yet despite the opportunity to be forgiven, Judas still left to wonder in the dark. Judas’ heart was not motivated by Christ’s compassion, it was still dwelling on Earth, he may have been a sheep but the Lord was not his shepherd. When the Lord is not our Sheperd, it is easy to still be blind and not hear His voice when He calls out to you. When we mistake our Shepherd’s voice with other shepherds (finances, relationships with parents and spouses, our flesh), we no longer walk in the light.

It is great to want to desire spiritual things like prophesying, performing miracles or even the green pastures spoken about in Psalm 23 but we should aslo seek after His heart. The Lord’s mission was to reunite our heart with His, so this must be our desire to seek after His heart and know Him intimately, for without it we are no different to Judas.

There has been an urging in my heart to ask all you believer’s, where you are in your relationship with God. I urge you all to move beyond the superficialness. When you were a child all you had was your mother’s milk and this was enough but now as an adult, you can not live on milk alone. Please, I urge you to re-evaluate your relationship with Christ.

You alone are my strength, my shield
To You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship Thee

As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after Thee
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship TheeYou’re my friend
And You are my brother
Even though You are a King
I love You more than any other
So much more than anything

*In Fragrance to Heaven we explore further the significance of what Mary did by washing His feet with all that she had. Also in the Chains have fallen Part II was a touch on an element of the the resurrection of Lazarus which we have not covered online, but will be in the PDF.

** I love Peters response to Christ washing His feet, when He understood that not having Christ humble himself before him meant he would have nothing to do with Christ, He quickly changed his initial interpretation and asked the Lord not to stop at washing His feet but to wash ‘also my hands and my head’ (John 13:9). I love His humourous response because you can tell that He really did not want to be separated from Christ, may we also have the heart to never want to be separated from the Lords presence

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