Have you ever asked, “How do I measure up?” Everyone wants to be important, to be respected and to be influential. Most people graduate from school with an idea of success and a desire to pursue it. But what if influence in God’s Kingdom is different? What if our faith transformed our definition of success and what it means to be important?
James 4:4 says, “Do you not know the friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore, whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” We can’t continue to define success the way that the world does. The Bible should help us reimagine success.
Jesus showed us a different kind of greatness when he washed the disciples feet, and said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35) Understanding the love of Christ and His command to love should change the way we define success.
We all know we should love like Jesus did—but what does that really mean? How can we follow His example of washing feet in a real way? Could it really be as simple as being like a napkin? A napkin is helpful, but it isn’t glorious. Being a napkin means striving to support others and stepping down to serve.
Being the napkin can be hard. It can involve cleaning up other people’s messes, but isn’t that what Jesus did for us? Being the napkin requires an awareness of others, seeing those who are hurting, and stopping to offer them help. It’s about making the invisible Kingdom visible.
How could you be a napkin today?