A Card Not Played

5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men (Philippians 2).

Jesus never played the “God” card.  He never “grabbed hold” of His divinity and used it to get out of being “a bond-servant.”  He was never so “full of Himself” that He could not “empty Himself” for the purposes of His Father.  What an example!  He who was the Creator of all things, became even as the created.  He who was fully divine also was fully human.  He who was unlimited in all things, placed physical limits upon Himself.  He would not grasp power and glory which were rightfully His.

Anyone whose mind can fully wrap around the truth of the Incarnation, no doubt could also fully explain to the rest of us the mystery of the Trinity.  For the Two-In-One of the incarnation is no less unfathomable than the Three-In-One of the Trinity.  Yet, there are folks who would sooner gain my attention and following: those whose hearts are wrapped around the truth of Christ’s humility — and emulate it.

Lord, we thank You that Your Son became a man — and we especially thank You that He became such a humble man.  All of us have certain “cards” we could play to boost our ego, and to be served rather than to serve.  Help us This Day not to use them.  Amen.