Thursday, December 10, 2009

In the Company of Slaves

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death…
Philippians 2:8

Recommended Reading
Matthew 20:26-28

Imagine discovering that God's will for your life was to leave everything familiar to go and minister to the slaves in a foreign country by becoming a slave yourself. What would your reaction be?

While most of us would shrink back in fear and find every reason not to go, two Moravian missionaries did exactly the opposite. They offered themselves up for such a calling and said, "We will go and be slaves on the plantations and work and toil under the lash to get right beside the poor slaves and instruct them." So they became slaves in order to bring the message of hope and salvation to those who were captive.

In the same way, Christ Jesus, who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and perfect, willingly lowered Himself to human form, lived in an utterly imperfect world, and unjustly carried a cross on His back to the place where He would give His life for a sinful and rebellious people that He loved beyond measure.

As you go about your day, let Jesus' ultimate example of humility inspire you to "walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8).

He laid Himself down beside us that we might feel the throbbings of His bosom and be drawn so close as to hear Him whisper, "God is love."
Bishop Simpson

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