~ This blog post is an adapted excerpt from a sermon by Brad Ettore. You can hear the whole sermon, The Role of Humility in Our Lives (part 5), from Agathos Church – a non-denominational Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio by clicking here.
Here are 6 more verses from the gospel of John, in which Jesus shares about His mindset as it related to humility and specifically submission to the Father:
Jn 7:28 “Then Jesus cried out, as He taught in the temple, saying, ‘You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know.'” God planned Jesus’s ministry and sent Him. Everything Jesus did – His whole life – He surrendered it to the Father. This is echoed for us in Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Jn 8:28 “Then Jesus said to them, ‘When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things.'” Think about speaking only the things that God the Father taught you . . . doing nothing of yourself! What a “safe” vessel that makes us for the Lord to move through!
Jn 8:42 “Jesus said to them, ‘If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.'” Jesus did not come to earth on His own. God sent Him.
Jn 8:50 “I do not seek My own glory.” In other words, “I have nothing to prove, only someone to please.” We should have an insatiable need for the praise from God – not from man. This is an interesting note. Often, when we try to “stop needing something” we actually need to “start receiving something” – from God! God tells us to trust Him with all of our hearts (Proverbs 3:5-6) . . . that means He is trustworthy with all of our hearts. What we don’t get from God, we will try to get from man. Jesus was completely dependent on God . . . because of that, He had “no need that anyone should testify of man.” (Jn 2:25)
Jn 14:10 ” . . . The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.” The authority Jesus walked in was given to Him by the Father, but Jesus did not use the authority for His own purposes. Instead, everything Jesus did was serving the Father.
Jn 14:24 “He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.” Jesus was not even choosing His own words! Again, our mirror of this is to not even speak unless we hear the Father speak – and not so we can be extra holy and more commended, but simply because we are completely yielded to God.