Glory Clothed in Humility
“Though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:6-8
When you think about Christmas, what comes to your mind? Is it thoughts of happiness due to all the lights and cheery holiday music? Is it excitement because of all the shopping and gifts? Or are you feeling anxious and lonely because the holidays are always a time of pain and difficulty? I love this season, but what I love more is the true meaning behind it. The birth of Christ is something that should be celebrated daily—not just on December 25th. As believers, we should be filled with an everlasting joy, an inclination to wonder and awe, and humble gratitude when we think about what happened 2,000 something years ago. What really happened, though?
I think a lot of the time the reality of who Jesus is and what He did gets blurred in a society that is so determined to cover up the gruesome facts with the “good” and “happy” details. Jesus wasn’t born in a clean environment—He sure wasn’t born in the typical stable we see in so many people’s houses today. He was born to an unwed mother, Mary, and His father was merely a carpenter. The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords was born in the worst conditions. He didn’t enter this world demanding we bow down and worship Him. Instead, Jesus spent His whole life humbling Himself by becoming obedient even to the point of death—pleading with people to repent and receive the saving grace He offers. It was by design He chose to submit Himself to the Father and obey. Taking the form of a servant, the glory of God was clothed in humility. Let that sink in. No other “king” has come in the way that Christ came.
Sisters, let us focus on the life of Christ this Christmas. Meditate on His meek and lowly birth to His loving obedience to the Father on Calvary. The gruesome reality is that He was put to death because of our wickedness, but the amazing thing is that He willingly did that. The almighty Savior lowered Himself to that of a servant. His great love astounds me.
Dear heavenly Father, thank You for Your goodness and many mercies. Thank You for the birth of Christ, and thank You for His obedience to You. Humble me, Lord, and give me a heart to serve You just as Jesus did. Help me to forsake my pride. Give me a heart filled with joy and gratitude for the finished work of Christ. Amen.
How have you served others lately? Read Matthew 20:26-28, Isaiah 9:6-7, and Matthew 11:29, and shift your focus this season to Christ who gave up His glory for you.