Meditation for Perfectionists – Saturday June 06, 2020
John 13:13: “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am”.
The Jewish leaders were outraged by Jesus claims to be Lord. He taught what they thought was heresy. In the above verse, Jesus admits he is not only the master instructor, but the Lord himself. Jesus is an exact representation of the loving and almighty God. He is ultimate authority.
Human authority or power is temporary, although often necessary and helpful. We do not owe ultimate allegiance to any human being. Some of us have allowed another to tell us how to live. This practice has robbed us of our unique personalities and gifts. Perhaps this is one of the reasons for our excessive doing, helping, and working. When we continue to give in to the unreasonable demands of another we grant them ultimate power over us. Why do we permit this to happen? Carol Travilla, Christian psychologist and author suggests we render another person power over us when we are afraid of them: fearful of their ridicule, rejection or abandonment.
With God’s understanding and compassionate help, we can gain courage to face this truth about ourselves. Only Jesus is worthy to be our Lord.
God, please forgive me
for putting another in your Son’s rightful place.
With Jesus as my Lord I’m released to be myself
and live in freedom.
Copyright Joan C. Webb
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