How would you describe your attitude so far this Christmas season? Consider this:
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking on the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. (Philippians 2:5-7)
Imagine for a moment that you’re the creator of the universe.
You decide to come down to Earth. You have all the power in the world at your disposal. You could make yourself into anything you want. What would you choose? If it were up to me, I’d probably choose to come down as a devastatingly handsome superhero with all the coolest powers of Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk combined. I’d live in a humongous home conveniently located next to the ocean, an amusement park and a 144-hole golf course rigged so that I would never make another bogey in my life. I’d make my earthly debut in a spectacular simulcast-on-all-TV-and-Internet-channels-rock-and-roll-extravaganza with maybe U2 opening for the Rolling Stones opening for the reunited Beatles (including John and George) opening for me.
Here’s what Jesus made himself: nothing.
The creator of the universe came to Earth as a vulnerable little baby born in a feeding trough in the middle of nowhere. His mom was a young peasant girl. His earthly dad was a humble carpenter. No mansion. No golf course. No simulcast. No Beatles.
Why on earth would He do that? He did it for you and me.
As it says right after the verses quoted above:
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:8)
Be like Jesus. Don’t be afraid to become a complete nothing in the world’s eyes. All you need is God. And that’s everything.
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