Let God Minister To You
13:8 "Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part
Peter's refusal to let Jesus wash his feet came from a knowledge that he
was totally unworthy to have the sinless Son of God serve him as a common servant would. Peter was correct in his assessment
of his relative worth, but what he missed was that God doesn't minister to us because of our worth but because of His love.
Even though Peter's attitude looked holy and humble, he was actually resisting God's will and committing an act of
pride. Pride is not only exalting yourself above what is proper, but also, it can be debasing yourself below what is proper.
Pride is simply self-centeredness or being self-willed instead of God-centered and submitted to God's will. Peter should have
been humble enough to know that Jesus knew what He was doing and he should have submitted himself to God's will.
Likewise today, some people refuse to let God bless them, thinking they are unworthy of His favor. While it is true that
our actions don't warrant God's goodness, a truly humble person will receive the Lord's blessings as an expression of His
love and grace toward them. Misguided humility is every bit as damaging as exaggerated pride.
Peter wanted to serve
Jesus, but did not want to be served by Jesus. Jesus was telling Peter that unless he received His ministry to him, Peter
would be unfit to serve Him. We cannot cleanse ourselves or others. We are totally dependent on the work of God's grace in
our lives. Then and only then, are we equipped to minister to others. Before we can be the blessing that we desire to be to
God or to others, we have to let God be the blessing to us that He desires to be.