In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 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!
Yesterday was the second Sunday in Advent and we looked at the price, the power and the promise of love/.
The price of love that Jesus paid was humility and obedience. A humility and obedience that saw him die so that we can live. We need to stop and think about how great this is; the creator God humbling himself to the point of dying for me and you. It’s this humility that God asks of us – not that we think less of ourselves, but that we think of ourselves less – looking to serve others, selflessly.
The power of love is one that transforms lives. For Jesus the power of his love for us took him to the cross when he could have said ‘no’. He chose to go where he didn’t have to go for our sake not his. HIs love transformed the lies of his disciples, and throughout the centuries his love as when accepted and understood has transformed the lives of millions.
The promise of his love is forever – nothing can separate us from the love of God, not even death. It endures forever.
As we go into this week, are we prepared to pay the price of love? Are we willing to live humbly and obediently for Jesus? Are we willing to live selflessly for others as he did for us?
Are we loving others in such a way that their lives are been transformed? Are we demonstrating and showing love that reaches out and touches others?
Are we secure in the knowledge that God loves us? Are we living as a people who know we are loved by the creator God? Is that ‘knowing’ been evidenced by our ‘doing’?
We will not have the ability to love others well until we know how well how completely we are loved. We are loved totally and unconditionally by the God who knows us better than we know ourselves.
If you are struggling with the knowledge of God’s love, then spend time with him. If he died for you as he did, then don’t you think he wants you to know the depth of his love? Ask him today to remind you of his love -ask him to show up and surprise you.
Ask yourself today how am I loving others – how am I being obedient as God asks me to be.