A Passage and A Prayer 2/8/19

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant. (Philippians 2:5-7).

“Empty.”  It’s not a word we like to hear.  “The gas gauge is on empty!”  “The milk carton is empty!”  “My wallet is empty!”  Empty often indicates loss.

Jesus “emptied” Himself.  He is the God of the universe, who was the active agent in the creation of all things out of nothing.  Without Him there would be nothing.  He is above all things.

Yet, He set aside His rightful place in the glories of heaven to be our Savior.  He was still fully God, but He set aside His majesty and entered our sin-stained world in the form of a servant.  He had no reason to come into this world, except to save us.  He came on our behalf.  He came to do the things we cannot accomplish for our salvation.  He kept the Law perfectly—for us.  He died on the cross—for us.  He rose from the grave and opened, to all who believe in Him, eternal life.

He summed up His mission with these words, For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10).

And now we are called to be servants.  We are called to “empty” ourselves.  We call this an “attitude of humility.”  Paul encourages this attitude when he writes,  So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:1-5).

This isn’t about becoming a doormat for the world.  It’s about becoming a welcome mat for those who are hungry, those who are lonely, those who are troubled by sin and fearful of death.  Jesus said, As you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me (Matthew 25:39).

O Holy Spirit, guide me in such a way that I would be a welcoming presence in the lives of others.  Teach me to be caring and compassionate, that I may be the hands and feet of the Savior to those in need.  I pray in Jesus’ powerful name.  Amen.


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