Emptied and filled

March 27, 2013

“but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.” Philippians 2:7 New American Standard

Jesus emptied his life so that your could be filled. He chose the lowest form of identity .. a servant .. someone who isn’t noticed as a person .. so that no one would feel left out. Most of his religious work was in small towns .. along the roads .. and around meals. He told his followers .. his disciples .. that their lives would be marked by serving others. They would be recognized as being his disciples by the love they showed one another. It was and is an unusual rule for changing the world. No one who followed Jesus really grasped the “job” he was giving them to accomplish through their lives. Rarely does anyone think about emptying themselves today. Jesus could have provided a solution for every form of suffering in the world. Instead, he offered his life for suffering. It takes us a long time to really understand and appreciate the gift of grace underneath suffering. Jesus still offers Himself to anyone willing to reach out for His help in suffering. He emptied himself for you. There is no one else who will ever empty their lives in complete unconditional .. no strings attached .. extravagant love like Jesus. He never points you to a life that He hasn’t lived already. He emptied Himself for you because there wasn’t any other choice when it came to reaching your life at just the right moment. And now you can do the same thing for others. Why…? Because Jesus emptied his life not only for you .. but for those who are in your world. All you can do is walk in His steps. And all He will do is live in your walk. For that to happen .. it only takes a moment …

“Though he was God’s Son, he learned trusting-obedience by what he suffered, just like we do.” Hebrews 5:8 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Empty Servants following Jesus and friends of Priority One (KchesterP1@gmail.com)

About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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