7th April 2017

Tearfund: Living Water Day 38

 

LIVING WATER: The Nature of a Servant

 

 

Rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death even death on a cross! Philippians 2:7-8

 

What comes into your mind when I say the word Godlike? For most people it probably conjures up images of immense power and strength. But Jesus shows us that being Godlike can mean something else entirely.

 

Jesus is God. The Creator of the Universe. The Almighty One. The Everlasting King. But he shows up on earth and instead of getting everyone to bow down and serve him, he rolls up his sleeves and says, essentially, ‘I’m here to help. What do you need?’ God, dethroning himself from the centre of the universe and serving us.

 

We live in the age of the self, in which our culture encourages us to luxuriate in the first person me, myself and I. But if we want to be like Jesus then we need to serve other people, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of the universe, and take on the nature of a servant.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, we can never thank you enough for humbling yourself on our behalf. Help us Lord to be servants, dethroning ourselves and putting the needs of others first. Guard our hearts against any selfish desires, and help us instead to be selfless in all that we do. Amen.

 

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