The Cup of a Carpenter

Scripture: Philippians 2:5-11

In the 1989 film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indy takes up his father’s lifelong quest to find the actual cup Jesus used at the last supper, the Holy Grail.

In doing so, he also hopes to rescue his dad from his Nazi captors.

There’s a scene near the movie’s end where Indy must pick the True Grail, with eternal consequences: life or death for himself, as well as his father, who lies dying from a gunshot wound in the outer chamber.

Naturally (as the hero), he chooses wisely, selecting a well-worn earthenware cup from among dozens of jewel-encrusted gold and silver false grails, saying, “That’s the cup of a carpenter.”

(I recommend watching this scene on YouTube when you get a chance.)

While Indiana Jones’s character is often flamboyant, he also exhibits humility, especially at critical times, such as the scene I described above.

Like Indy, I occasionally draw attention to myself unnecessarily.

Not so sure about the humility part, though.

For that, I look to the author and perfector of the faith (Heb. 12:2 & Eph. 2:8), my trustworthy Savior, Christ Jesus, who humbly emptied himself unto death on a cross (Philippians 2:7-8).

To me, the cup of Salvation is one of humility.

May I be reminded to drink fully and joyfully from it daily. 

Prayer: Lord, gracefully help me to be humble like you, more and more each day. Amen. 

Charlie Stribula, Woodbridge, VA

A daily Lenten devotional reprinted with permission from The Society of St. Andrew to inspire help sharing nourishing food with neighbors in need. 

Every $1 donated provides more than 40 servings to those in greatest need. A donation of $47 for the 47 days in Lent provides more than 1,880 servings. 

What a way to celebrate the resurrection of hope and lift the cup of salvation for our hungry neighbors! 

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