The first statement is Jesus had nothing to prove. He was the perfect Son of God. Of course He had nothing to prove. I, on the other hand, am afraid I try to prove many things. I’m the mother of five kids. I’d like to prove that I’m a good mom, keep an organized household, am a wonderful wife, correct our children properly, teach them everything they need to know, and somehow manage to stay sane. In short, I’d like to prove that I’m Superwoman. The truth is I’m not, so why do I spend so much time trying to prove otherwise? Perhaps it’s because everyone else seems so perfect and I’m trying to keep up. Perhaps it’s my own insecurities. Whatever the reason, I need to stop. If Jesus himself wasn’t trying to prove anything, neither should I. God isn’t expecting me to prove anything to Him, either.
The second statement is Jesus had nothing to lose. Guilty. I sometimes feel like I have everything to lose, which means I’m probably clinging too tightly to earthly things. I have a house to lose, a reputation to lose, a family to lose, a car to lose, etc. Guess what? Those things are not meant to cause me to fear losing them. That could quite possibly hold me back from doing what God would have me do. I definitely cling too tightly sometimes. I need to remember that these things and people in my life are not ultimately under my control. They are under God’s control. What happens to them is up to Him. I’m not saying that I should start taking ridiculous risks, but I should be able to do what He asks of me without fearing loss.
The third statement, Jesus had nothing to hide, sure struck a nerve. Jesus was without sin. There was nothing in His life that He was afraid to show others. Can I really say the same? Nope. Not even close. There are so many things I’d like to keep hidden– past mistakes and regrets, errors in judgment, times I’ve lost my temper, improper time management, poor spending decisions, words I’ve said that I shouldn’t have, and hurtful ways I’ve treated people that were so very wrong. There are so many things I’d like to keep to myself. I cannot say I have nothing to hide. That sure is something to strive toward. Clearly, I’ll have to keep working on that.
The longer I’m a Christian, the more I realize how much I fall short. I am so thankful for a forgiving God who is full of grace. I pray that I can show that same forgiveness and grace to others. Do you feel that way, too? I’d love to hear which of these three lessons struck you the most. Please leave a reply in the comments section below.
Have a great day!