Sunday, June 8, 2014

An Attitude Like Christ

By Allen White

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. Philippians 2:5-7

The thought of God becoming a human being is really quite mindboggling. How does the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present and unchanging Creator of the Universe even fit into a human frame? It’s certainly not something that we could ever figure out. That’s why we count on the revelation of Scripture for an explanation.

Jesus has a unique role. He represents true humanity and what an intimate connection with God really looks like. He also represents perfection, which no human could achieve. But, He had to give up some divine privileges to make this work. Jesus chose to limit Himself for our sake. Only a perfect, divine man could provide an adequate sacrifice for our sins. Only a human being could stand in the place of all humanity. If we make Jesus more God than man or more man than God, the whole thing falls apart.

Enough teaching on the Kenosis for today. Here’s the point: our attitude should be the same as His. He gave up position, power and privilege to save us. What are we willing to give up for others? What is God prompting you to do?

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