“When the time came, [Jesus] 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.” Philippians 2:7-8 (The Message)
In order to love the world in the most tangible, life-changing, earth-changing way, Jesus stepped out of Heaven (He is the KING of kings, after all) to come down here to be one of us and live like one of us.
Just coming down here got Him dirty – because we’re really a mess and are really good at making (and keeping) things messy!
But we were (are) totally worth it to Jesus, Whose desire all along was to do what was needed to redeem all things - to make everything that had been ruined new again. We matter that much.
So – how about you? What are you willing to do to see something that matters to you changed for the better? Seriously? And please don’t say you support recycling in your heart or that you are glad there are organizations that work to stop human trafficking. We should, of course. BUT – I’m talking about something you are willing to do that is different, that is new, that is a radical shift in your everyday life to make something broken better – that changes your neighborhood – that fixes real problems for everyday people.
If you won’t #getdirty for someone or something in a real tangible, “makes you feel it yourself and be less comfy” way, WHY NOT? If I’m not willing to “set aside the privileges of my own life” and get dirty, I absolutely believe I matter more than others – I’d be “claiming special privileges”. To love the world in the way our Redeemer did does mean we have to get dirty – it can be or feel humbling, and that’s a good thing. It keeps Jesus and others first in our hearts and minds.
So let’s love the world (The People. The Planet.) in a way that is selfless (as selfless as we can be as humans, at least)
Father God – thanks for sending Jesus to us enough to do whatever it took to save us. Jesus, thank You for Your willingness to get dirty for us. Holy Spirit, show us the way to go – to love the world the way You desire us to do so., Amen.