A Passage and A Prayer 2/22/19

Setting the Example

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, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Philippians 2:5-11

My son was three, and he loved digging in the dirt. We made a “worm home” out of mud, shredded paper, and banana peels, and he loved to check on those worms daily. We would read books on worms. He loved worms. Then the day came. He made a wish, and this was his wish: “I wish I was a worm!” What? Who would wish to be a worm? Don’t you know their life cycle, how inept and low they are? My son, you are so much better than a worm. Please, don’t ever wish to be a worm. But it didn’t matter my logic, his wish was to be a worm.

Isn’t that what Jesus’ wish was? “I wish I were a human!” Wait Jesus, you are God. You are the spoken Word that created the world. You are the power that brought people into being. A human?! Don’t you know they are fallen, destined to die? Don’t you know their lives are suffering and agony? Jesus, do you know what you are saying?

Jesus did know what he was doing. From eternity, he had planned to give up the glory of God to become a person. Jesus would come as a person to make people godly. He became obedient to death in order to destroy the evil that enslaved the people he loves. He didn’t consider himself too great, but rather he stooped low. “I am a worm and not a man,” the psalmist wrote about the crucifixion, and how accurate that Jesus became more despised than a person becoming a worm.

And that is our example. A God willing to become a person so that people can become godly. We don’t have to become worms. Jesus is merely calling us to consider others to be more important than ourselves. So much easier! The master became our servant; so we can serve our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

Jesus, You are our righteousness, our hope and peace. Jesus, You are our example of what it means to be humble. Please help us to live like You. We know You gave up Your life for us; strengthen us to give up our wills for the sake of others. In Your name, AMEN.


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