You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3
We are not strangers to being offended. You go to a meeting with some new coworkers, looking forward to meeting them and working alongside them as partners, and then, wow! They ask you to run errands during the meeting (coffee, copies, etc.). You go to a client meeting with two of your employees, and, uh oh! One of your own people cuts you off in the middle of your presentation and starts revising your proposal to the client. It can happen at any time. Every time a waiter, clerk, or cab driver treats you like you aren’t there, you get a new opportunity to be offended.
Let’s face it, being offended hurts. These kinds of interactions make us feel unhappy, small, depressed, or even angry. We react in all kinds of ways, everything from tears to lashing out in retribution. But that was never Jesus’ way.
Was Jesus ever subjected to demeaning treatment? Oh my goodness!
Jesus was the perfect image of the all-holy, omniscient, omnipotent God. And yet we have Biblical stories of Jesus being questioned, accused, threatened, betrayed, beaten, spat upon, and tortured to death. No fear, Jesus was treated beneath His status at levels that we could only imagine. And yet, for all that mistreatment, Jesus was never offended.
Jesus would have faced these insults with eternal peace, unthreatened and unaffected. Why? Why was Jesus able to be more mistreated than we will ever be and yet be so unaffected by it?
Jesus drew His identity from the only true source, His heavenly Father. His mind was fixed on God alone. He embraced the humility offered to Him to live beneath His stature. He didn’t see it as something to be defended. He saw it as something to be poured out for the good of all humanity. (See Philippians 2:5-11).
Let’s make that our model. Whatever we have, if anything, that might make us worthy of better treatment, let’s check that at the door. Let’s fix our own minds of serving God and embrace the humility the world will inevitably drop on us. It turns out, when you have poured out any sense of expectation, you won’t be offended. You will be blessed.