Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Lowest Place

Phillipians 2:5-8
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 

I don't know how to be a servant. We may think we do but a lot of times even our servanthood has selfish motives. 

The mystery of the gospel is Christ in you.

As the grace of God is working in our heart the end result is,
 that expression of Christ will be seen in us. 

James chapter 3 speaks about circumcising ambition from our hearts. 

We always want to be the leader, at the head of the table instead of at the lowest place. This usually happens through trials that bring us to a place of humiliation. It is there that we learn to appreciate the approval of God more than the need to be noticed.

In John chapter 13, Jesus, knowing who He is and not needing the acceptance of others, laid aside His role as leader and embraced the role of servanthood. He washed the feet of his disciples rather than demanding to be served himself. The greater serving the lesser because his identity was already validated by the Father.

 He didn't need to prove himself to anyone. In the same way God desires to create this same mind in us which is in Christ Jesus. 

The Water Song
Come, oh come! let us away...
Lower, lower every day, 
Oh, what joy it is to race
Down to find the lowest place. 
This the dearest law we know...
"It is happy to go low."
Sweetest urge and sweetest will,
Let us go down lower still.
Hear the summons night and day
Calling us to come away.
From the heights we leap and flow
To the valleys down below.
Always answering to the call,
To the lowest place of all.
Sweetest urge and sweetest pain,
To go low and rise again.
Hannah Hurbard, Hinds feet on high places

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