Read: Philippians 2: 1-11
“Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!”
This passage always blows my mind and puts me in my place in one fell swoop. Jesus, being in the very nature of God made himself nothing. A servant. Humbled himself. By becoming obedient to death. Death on a cross.
What can I say? What can you say? Every whiny complaint I want to let escape from my heart to head to mouth is stopped cold. I have no ground to stand on. Jesus had every right. Every. Right. And I have no right. No. right.
Jesus knew all along what his purpose on this earth was. To die the most brutal death. To be abandoned by his friends and forsaken by his father. To be mocked, insulted, scourged until his insides were on his outsides. To hang on a cross eventually suffocating to death all to take my place. Your place. My punishment. To pay your debt.
And he did it willingly. He did it lovingly. He did it because it was the way. The way to make things right.
And he asks us to trust him. He asks us to follow him. Simply, by faith. He gave everything up for you and for me, how will we respond?
Today the challenge is to stop the excuses. To stop the whining and the faltering and in the face of great sacrifice take a step in trust and faith. Take the hand attached to the nail scarred wrist, bow down and trust.
1. Where in your life do you need to stop questioning and determine to surrender and trust in Jesus and his ways?
2. Is there a place where you feel you have been wronged? Will you remember the lowly place Jesus took for you and ask him for his humility in your heart?