The Day Jesus Became Me

Image  We are supposed to be like Christ.  But, is He ever like me?  Yes, He is.  I am referring, of course, to the Incarnation, when Jesus became man while remaining God.  One of the most amazing passages in the New Testament is this one:

    [5] Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, [6] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, [7] but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. [8] And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5-8 ESV)

Notice how Jesus “emptied Himself” (v 7) and “humbled Himself” (v 8).  I think that is part of His example for us.  We are to empty and humble ourselves too.  We are to empty self of self and humble ourselves before God and others. 

Humility is the most difficult of virtues.  It is a struggle to possess it because the main obstacle to its acquisition is that most terrible of foes – our self.  We must look our fear and insecurity in the eye and say, “I don’t care.”  If someone else gets credit, we don’t care.  If we get used or run over, we don’t care.  If others don’t think we are as important as we want them to think we are, we don’t care.  And then, when we finally we think we are humble, we have to start all over because no one who is really humble thinks they are. 

Humility is hard.  But, it’s still required.  It is never attained.  It is always pursued.  The real Christian never stops chasing it. 

We pursue humility by looking to the example of Jesus.  We believe He is our model.  We must act like it.  Jesus did everything good and everything bad happened to Him.  He should have been accepted.  He was rejected.  He should have been praised.  He was blasphemed.  He should have been believed.  He was denied.  He should have been obeyed.  He was ridiculed.  Yet, in the midst of all that, He maintained His mission and completed it. 

We must not care what happens to us physically in our pursuit of the likeness of Christ.  If we care about ourselves, our ‘rights,’ or our worldly image – we will fail.  When we empty ourselves and humble ourselves, Jesus gives us the victory.  That is the only way.  And it will work every time. 

 

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