December 2, 2013
“…but emptied Himself, taking the from of a bond-servant…” Philippians 2:7 New American Standard
Most people, when they serve or give of themselves, hold a little bit back in reserve. Not Jesus. He “emptied” himself of everything that would keep you from coming to him. Every walk of life finds a door open to Jesus. Your life is the very same. The most diseased .. the most despised .. and the most desperate find his face turned towards them. He knows just how empty your life really is without His Father’s love. You can be empty with everything and filled up having nothing. Jesus couldn’t make himself any lower than a bond-servant. His whole life became approachable by anyone … even you. He didn’t ask for recognition. He didn’t defend his reputation. He lived an unguarded life because his whole life was entrusted to his Father. It’s the same life He will live in you. He’ll teach you and shape you to live an unguarded life .. not worrying about what others say .. not needing what others offer to make you feel worthy .. not anxious about who is watching over your life. God’s design for your life is to be filled with the “fullness of God”. That is more than words .. even religious words. It’s about your life being filled up with the life of Jesus .. through and through. And in order for that to happen, He had to empty his life for you to be filled. One day every knee throughout all of time will bow to this name .. this man .. this One named Jesus. And out of your mouth will come the words: You are Lord. Those words are real life now. And for you today …? It directs everything that has to do with your life .. filled or unfilled. It only takes a moment ….
“And to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:19 New American Standard
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Followers of this One named Jesus and friends of Priority One. (Kchesterp1@gmail.com)