29 March – Jay Williams EvFree Fullerton – World Relief Partner in Rwanda and Garden Grove, CA – Radical Love
Philippians 2 contains one of the richest passages in all of Scripture—talking about the height, depth, length, and width of God’s love, as demonstrated for us in Jesus.
Jesus left heaven’s glory to come and live in our neighborhood. This is known as the Incarnation, God in the flesh coming to dwell here on earth.
Some might say there are theological mine fields in this text that prompt debate. Others will pontificate over all the intricate details. But, my friends, I prefer to invite us to worship, and to marvel at the depths of Jesus’ love and sacrifice and, then, to imitate this humility in our everyday lives.
This passage is believed to have been a hymn sung by the early church in their gatherings. The poem begins with Jesus’ pre-existent glory, moves to His amazing Incarnation, continues to his brutal death on a cross, then on to the resurrection and ascension, and, finally, to His exaltation and final glorification –mission accomplished!
Amazingly, verse 5 calls us as Christ-followers to adopt the very mind of Christ both in thought and deed. Jesus was God and enjoyed the benefits and privileges of the Godhead and heavenly glory. But He was willing to give it all up for a season by taking on human flesh and coming to live in our broken and needy neighborhood. Although He was King, He came as a humble servant and willingly subjected Himself to suffering, persecution, and a criminal’s death on the cross – ultimate humiliation.
Where is God inviting you to join Him through incarnational living today? Where can you bring the presence of Jesus into a place of brokenness, pain, confusion, injustice, or even self-sufficiency?
The good news of the gospel isn’t simply that we are going to be with God in heaven one day when we die, it is the daily participation of loving my neighbor as I love myself. In fact, vv. 3-4 call us to a radical Jesus-like love: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Bless one person today, with no strings attached and no thanks expected.