Experiencing God | Being God's Servant

Being God’s Servant

Jesus, you took on the full range of human emotions: grief, sadness, joy, betrayal, love. You limited yourself to the boundary of human skin to know what it feels like to be grounded to the earth.

Creator joining the created. Heaven on earth.

I wonder…could He feel the alarming difference between His holiness and His humanness? Did He live in that tension knowing He is the king of all with a rightful place next to God while He was sitting with us sinners?

Entirely human, He submitted himself to the law of the day, to the guidance of His parents, to work, to eat, sleep and breathe all that it meant to be a human. Because who could relate to a God who has never been hurt? Who has never grieved? Who has never felt the warm sun on His face, the cool of the ocean, or what it means to love another? Yes, the disciples and people around Him got to experience who He was as a human, but He also came to experience us as well.

“If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.

Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.” -Philippians 2:1-11 {MSG}

If Jesus became a human, and took on the status of a servant, then what does that say about how we should live now? God isn’t going to force you to serve others, but when we willingly submit to the same status of Jesus, the pressure is off. The heavy lifting is done. We can stop trying so hard and just start being. We yield to the spirit and flow in the spirit; a wild, adventurous ride!

We are ordinary people who can do extraordinary things, because we’ve been with Jesus.