“He gave up His place with God and made himself nothing. He was born to be a man and became like a servant.”
The passage in Philippians reminds us that Christ willingly left glory and came to earth in order to relate to mankind. He humbled Himself and became like a servant. As we focus on Jesus as our example, we see His willingness to lay aside His divinity to adopt the lowly form of man. His attitude reflects one of unselfish behavior, humility, and servant hood. He was born in a unpretentious manger. As a man, He didn’t choose wealth or position, but instead He came to serve. Sometimes our Christian walk may require laying aside “our right” in order to esteem and value others more than ourselves . There is great blessing in service to others.
On a recent trip to the states, we had the incredible occasion to visit a set of three siblings that had been recently adopted. We had the opportunity to witness the arrival of the adoptive family in Costa Rica and God gave us the privilege of seeing the “other side” of adoption as well. The kids are picking up the language, adapting to their new home, making friends, and connecting with their new family! Our hats are off to all of our adoptive families. They are the true “servants” that God uses to fulfill the dreams of these children! The families are willing to stand in the gap to battle insecurities, educational and language issues, and emotional up’s and down’s, all the while loving the kids! These families are literally laying aside their desires in order to serve the children. Their act of love will not go unnoticed by the King of the universe!
Another year has come and almost gone! Serving the Lord has been so hard in so many ways, but it has also been the most rewarding thing we have ever done. It is through giving and serving that we find ourselves. God desires to use you to serve others and deliver the good news of His promises. This Christmas season look for ways you can imitate Christ by serving others. The opportunities are always before you, it’s just a matter of recognizing them and then acting upon them!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!