DayBreaks for 2/15/17 – How Far Would He Go?

DayBreaks for 2/15/17: How Far Will He Go?

From the DayBreaks archive, 2007:

John 13:2-5 (NIV) – The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

It was the night of Passover – the holiest night of all for the Jews.  In a small room, Jesus met with his disciples, knowing that later that night he would be betrayed by Judas and his horrific ordeal would begin.  If I were in those circumstances, I’d be doing anything but sitting down to share a meal with friends.  I’d be trying to run, to hide, to find some way out – but not Jesus.  There was work to be done, and he was committed to seeing it through, but first, there were important things to pass along to his disciples.

And so it is that Jesus washes the feet of his disciples.  No one else rose to do the job that belonged to the lowest slave/servant.  So Jesus, as always, does what no one else wanted to do.

Peter, bless his heart, is humiliated when he realizes what Jesus is doing.  He realizes that this is grossly out of place, improper and that someone else (perhaps himself?) should be the one doing the washing.  Why?  Because Peter knew that Jesus was the Holy One.  Peter’s problem is that he felt that Jesus didn’t know how to act – that Jesus was doing something inappropriate and needed to be stopped.  To wash someone’s feet, you have to kneel before them, and kneeling is a symbol of the act of worship.  Throughout all the long ages of the Jewish people, it was the worshipper who kneels before the Worshipped One, but here, now, in the upper room…Peter knows it has been reversed – and in his opinion, it was wrong. 

Peter’s problem, you see, is that he thought Jesus was “acting.”  He wasn’t.  He was totally and completely sincere.  Luke 12:37 describes perhaps the most shocking scene in Scripture when it describes the feast of the Lamb in heaven: It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.

How would you have felt if you had been one of the disciples and had Jesus wash your feet?  I cannot imagine that I would have reacted any differently than Peter did – I would have wanted to stop Jesus from washing my feet.  But if I understand the passage in Luke, the day will come when Jesus will have us sit at the table and HE WILL SERVE US.  I want to cry with Peter: “Never, Lord!” 

How far Jesus was willing to go to redeem us?!?! He was willing to go as far as necessary!

PRAYER: I am humbled, Lord, that You should serve any of us – yet that is exactly what you did while here.  It is incomprehensible to think that You should wash our feet, yet you have done so – washing us not with water, but with the blood of Christ.  May we learn to serve one another in the sincere imitation of Jesus.  Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 11/14/16 – Appropriate Downsizing

DayBreaks for 11/14/16: Appropriate Downsizing

From the DayBreaks archive, November 2006:

Downsizing.  It’s a feared term in businesses throughout the world.  It was one of those words that was created to make something very unpleasant sound a bit-less-unpleasant.  Basically, it means you are being laid off.  Businesses downsize when they don’t make their financial targets and the stockholders demand action to get back on track financially.  Before I went into the ministry, I participated in several downsizings…and by the grace of God, I was never downsized myself, but I did have to downsize my organization.  It was a tremendously painful experience for me to have to let people go – not because they weren’t doing a good job – but simply because the company needed to show better profits (or smaller losses.) 

The Bible talks a lot about downsizing, but in a different way.  For example, Christ voluntarily downsized himself by leaving His eternal glory behind and coming to the earth.  From the Word that created all creation to being a part of creation was a long journey!  The theological term for this is the “humiliation” of Christ.  Humiliation – did you get that?  How do YOU feel when you are humiliated? 

Louie Giglio mused a bit on this topic in I Am Not, But I Know I Am: “Pride is simply an admission that I haven’t seen God at all.  Humility is the instant rightsizing of me that occurs with just one eyeful of His majesty.  True humility (not the false kind that ends up being about us at the end of the day) is not a sign of weakness, failure, or inability, but rather a sign that we are getting to know God and have glimpsed His glory.”

I like that.  Far too often when we think about humility, we have the sense that it is something we must do ourselves – but the problem them becomes that if we are ever successful at achieving humility, we feel proud about it and then we aren’t humble!  But true humility – that is what happens when we see God as He really is.  In such a case, we don’t have to humiliate ourselves nor do we have to work to achieve humility.  Just seeing Him in a true way is all that is needed.  And we all need to be reminded of who we are, and Who He IS!

Philippians 2:3 (NIV) – Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

PRAYER: Father, when pride fills our hearts about something we’ve done, please let us glimpse Jesus.  Let us see His glory and be put into a proper sense of perspective that we may be truly humble before You.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple.  All rights reserved.

DayBreaks for 1/08/15 – Rare Humility

DayBreaks for 01/08/15 – Rare Humility

 Two hundred years ago there was another man named John, a preacher of extraordinary power and influence in England and America. We know John Wesley as the founder of the Methodists. Surprisingly, however, Wesley was not the most popular preacher of his day. A man named George Whitefield preached to far more people than Wesley, baptized many more into the Kingdom of God and was a favorite of such prominent Americans as Benjamin Franklin.

Whitefield and Wesley were the best of friends until they had a severe falling out over Whitefield’s strict adherence to Calvinist doctrine. Whitefield was asked following this falling out, “Do you expect that you will see John Wesley in heaven?”

“No,” answered Whitefield.

“That’s what I thought you would say,” his questioner replied.

“But you don’t know what I mean,” said Whitefield. “Wesley will be so far up there near the great Throne, I will never see him.”

Such an answer takes a certain kind of divine humility.

John the Baptist, in spite of his own popularity, sought to direct attention not to himself but to Jesus. That kind of humility is a rare commodity.

PRAYER: Help us not to seek our own glory, but Yours! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 04/17/13 – Standing Next to Christ

DayBreaks for 04/17/13 – Standing Next to Christ

walking_on_water_jekelNOTE: I am on a missions trip/internship to Africa and will be gone until 5/25.  Please pray for God’s work to go forth mightily, for protection for myself and those with whom I will be working, and for my wife in my absence!  Thank you…I cherish your prayers!  You will be receiving DayBreaks as usual (from the archive) until I’ve returned.

Remember the story about Jesus walking on the water?  I’ve often thought about that story and presumed that Peter’s motivation was just to be “cool”, to be able to walk on the water – and later on to be able to tell of his adventures.  But I think that perhaps I’ve judged Peter far too harshly.  Look again at this verse (Matt. 14:28) “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”  This verse would suggest that Peter’s desire wasn’t for some gimmicky trick or experience – he just wanted to come to Jesus!  Could there be a greater or more noble desire than to come to Jesus, regardless of the obstacles or hindrances in the way?  Peter wasn’t content to let a little water stand in his way!  And the joy of coming to the Lord overcame his fear of the water and his head-knowledge of the fact that it is humanly impossible to walk on water.

Peter’s desire was a great one…he wanted to stand next to Christ.  The only problem that we must face when we have such a desire is to realize that “…the daily exercise of standing next to Christ, whose wonderful light illumines our sin and all our humanity” is a humbling desire.  “Christ humbled himself by becoming a man.  We humble ourselves by standing close enough to Christ that his towering presence teaches us who we really are.”  (Calvin Miller, The Unchained Soul)

Perhaps that was part of the lesson for Peter.  For a while, as he walked on the water, he might have been tempted to think a bit too highly of himself.  Perhaps there was even pride – after all, he was the only one with enough courage to seek to walk on the water.  He may have been proud of the fact that he was so desirous of being with Jesus.  I don’t know.  But one thing I do know for certain: when he started to sink, he knew he wasn’t made of the same “stuff” as Jesus! 

When I start to get a little too full of myself, it is a good thing to sink into the water…it reminds me of who I am.  Standing next to Jesus is the best dose of humility that we can get!

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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