“你们当以基督耶稣的心为心： 他本有上帝的形象， 不以自己与上帝同等为强夺的； 反倒虚己， 取了奴仆的形象， 成为人的样式； 既有人的样子，就自己卑微， 存心顺服，以至于死， 且死在十字架上。”
January 10 – Jesus Gave Up
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
P H I L I P P I A N S 2 : 5 – 8
To say that Jesus gave up is alarming. But it is also true. Jesus had everything. As the Creator, He owned everything—he was in charge of everything—but then he simply gave up. He gave himself up so that we can capture him. He surrendered his greatness so that we can embrace him. He let down his power so that we can enclose around him. Because we were unable to see him in all of his brilliant glory, he chose to lay aside his power so that we can know him personally once again. Jesus doesn’t ask us to do anything that he is unwilling to do himself. Rather, he asks us to follow his example, to do what he does, to be reflections of his attitude and actions on the earth today. He loves others so much that he willingly gave himself up so they—and we—could have life.
Pray for the Day:
Lord Jesus, thank you for giving yourself up on the cross. Thank you for thinking of us as you did that day. And thank you for inviting me to follow your heart. Amen.