Jesus, knowing…that He had come forth from God…began to wash the disciples’ feet.
The craving for power is at the heart of what the Bible calls sin. Satan promised Eve, “You will be like God, knowing good and evil.” We, too, would be gods, served and treated as gods – even by God Himself. (When you pray; do you want your will to be done? Do you want to manipulate God? God, treat me as a god, and do what I want. Or do we pray because we want what God wants?)
What are you grabbing for? What’s so important to you that you have to protect and pretend and be careful? Are you grabbing for reputation? Is it so important that people know exactly the wonderful person you are, so that they treat you…like a god?
Are you grabbing for honor? Do you want people to think you’re spiritual, godly, pure? Do you want them to honor you as they would honor…a god?
Are you grabbing for power, for that position, that influence, so you can control people, that they might serve you as they would serve…a god?
What is gentleness? What is humility? What is meekness? It’s realizing you are not a god, and you are not to be treated as a god. God, the Son – who is to be treated as God – came to this earth, became a man, and showed us what human beings were wired to be: servants of the Most High. We are not wired to constantly shield ourselves, protect ourselves; it will rob us of any sense of happiness, ever.
Therefore we must be gentle people.