Godly mantles are not a ‘one-size-fits-all.’ Actually they only fit those who walk in humility. We see the best example of humility in our Lord’s service: “He rose from supper, and laid aside His garments; and took a towel, and girded Himself. After that He poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel that was about His waist.” [John 13:4-5]
Jesus laid down His mantle of glory in order to serve mankind. Taking the towel of humility, and girding Himself about the waist, He was ready to wash and wipe the feet of those following Him. More than washing their feet, He engaged in assuring them of true cleansing.
During the bombing raids during World War II, many cathedrals in Europe were damaged. One large cathedral suffered damage when a bomb blew the hands off a statue of Christ. Though the cathedral was repaired, the statue of Christ stands there today with His hands missing. Inscribed on the pedestal is: “Christ has no hands but yours.”
The mantle of service, which our Lord Jesus wore, awaits to fit those who offer their hands to serve beyond their own efforts. Jesus asks us, just as He did Peter: “Do you love Me?” If we answer ‘yes,’ we are to ask Him for the higher walk ~ one of humble service in His Kingdom.
Here are my hands, Lord.