Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Transformational Ministry of Christ #3

What would your life look like if you were God?

Would you experience pain? Would you let people doublecross you?
What about death...would you have any of it
or experience it personally?
How would you treat people who disrespect you?
If someone cast lots for your garment, would you let them keep it?
Or how about those who hurl insults at you...would you let them live?
Approached by a man with a hammer in one hand and nails in the
other; would you let him pin you to a cross and shamefully display you?

What would you do with your power?
How would you chose to use it?
Who would be punished by it?
Who would benefit from it?
Would there be justice?
What about grace?

Would you hold on tightly to your divinity?
Would you use it to your advantage?
Would you want to have and be everything?
How about service, would you do it or would you
only want to be served?
Would you be obedient to anyone?
Would you be humble in your high position?
Would you be willing to take on a low position for the
sake of someone else?

Paul's words about Jesus challenge our lives:
"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God
something to be grasped, but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. "
Phil 2:5-11

If I am honest with myself in thinking over these questions I cannot help but realize that I need to extend more grace to others in my own life. The life of Christ challenges me to not be held down by the upside down and self-centered mindset of a world that has pushed God out and seeks to fill that void with an all-out marathon chasing their own form of divinity, never quite able to reach it. A look at the life of Jesus is certainly a humbling experience.

5 comments:

superstar said...

amen

preacherman said...

I totally agree with your post.
I want you to know I came across your blog from John Mark Hicks blog.
I love his book Kingdom Come.
I thought your comments on Luke 12 was right on.
I have enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to reading more of it.
I pray God will bless your ministry as you serve Him.

Love for you to check out my blog anytime.

Matt said...

Glad you stopped by. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments. I will certainly have a look at your musings.

Justin said...

I am too arrogant to be God. I have issues with needing to win all the time and not being vary gracious when I have the upper hand. In essence I can be a real jerk. Yeah, I wouldn't work to good as God, besides all the extra hours without the extra pay? uh uh

Matt said...

That overtime would be a killer

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