What is Your SQ? (John 13)

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. (John 13:3-4)

In most cases, powerful people use their power for their own glory and for their own ascension to greater power.  Right now my mind goes to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine – it’s clearly a conflict of power.  Rarely do we observe a powerful person actually leveraging his power to serve other people.

The night that Jesus was betrayed, a very unique thing took place.  John said that Jesus had a realization of the ultimate power that he had, and in that moment, rather than using his power for selfish gain, he knelt down and washed the feet of his disciples.  What’s fascinating about the account is that Jesus could have done anything with his realized power.  He could have squashed the Sanhedrin and put an end to the unjust crucifixion; he could have called Satan to the carpet; he could have crowned himself king of Rome.  But rather than doing any of those things, he choose to set an example by serving others.

Jesus’ SQ (Servant Quotient) was set to see the needs of people around him and to leverage his power for their benefit.  So if you were to pause and assess your own life, what would your SQ look like?  What are you presently doing to leverage your power for those who aren’t as powerful?  How is your life blessing someone else’s life?

Father, I don’t want to go through life leveraging whatever power I have solely for my own sake.  Help me to see ways that I can leverage power for serving others just as Jesus did on the night he was betrayed.  Help me to realize how You have gifted me with influence, and let me use that influence to serve.

About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.