Who, being in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made of himself no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2
Oh, there is so much for me to learn from this small section. First, the love that Paul (and Christ) describes . . . do I have that love? Do I have a love that does not strive? So often I end up striving with my dear siblings without even realizing it; it simply happens unexpectantly when I am a bit moody and say something to them in a sarcastic, unloving tone. Is my love focused on the other person, or is it focused on self (vainglory). Oh the trickery of vainglory! It also catches me unawares . . . it simply happens when I think a little to much on self. But this heart condition is so opposite of my Lord and Saviour. He, who was God, took the form of a servant. Have you ever tried to break down the word “serv-ant?” To serve one of the lowliest and smallest of creatures . . . an ant. 🙂 Do I serve others–the esteemed and the humble? My Lord made no repuation for himself and became obedient even unto the death of the cross. What a good Savior we have; what a good example too!
Dear friends, let us press onward to Jesus. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith and He is able to make us what we ought to be!! I know it!
With much love from your sister in Christ,
Picture Credit: “The Pet Dove” was painted by Daniel Ridgeway Knight. It can be found at this link: http://www.rehs.com/virtexdrk.htm