True greatness

"So He got up from the supper, laid aside His outer garments, and wrapped a towel around His waist. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel that was around Him." John 13. 4-5

With that gesture, Jesus not only illustrated that love and leadership begin with service, he also redefined greatness.

A friend of mine recommended 'Legacy' by James Kerr, the book in which Kerr explores the secret behind arguably the most successful team in history, the New Zealand All Blacks. The catchphrase which lies at the heart of it all is that: "Better people make better All Blacks". And that doesn't mean big egos. It starts with each member of the team taking it in turn to sweep the changing-room floor after training sessions and matches.

That sounds a lot like what God requires of his "team". Yes, God is in the business of redemption. But he intends to fill his redeemed creation with redeemed people. And that is not about us parading around as perfect specimens. It begins with confession of sins. And, indeed, for as long as we remain on this earth or until Jesus comes again, every day will include confession of sins.

Confessing sins is about cleaning up our own mess before we presume to help other people with theirs. And because we rely on God for forgiveness (we can never earn it, nor deserve it) it keeps us humble - every day. Then the work begins...

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