Text: Philippians 2:1-10
To be encouraged in your daily walk with Christ
To be an encourager of others
To grow in humble service
THE BREAKTHROUGH THAT Martin Luther experienced in his discovery of the gospel is hidden in plain view in this text. Luther found that the only way to talk of God from a human perspective was to not focus on God’s might—as we might describe might or power—but remember that God comes to us hidden, in weakness, in humility and servanthood. As the Lutheran philosopher Søren Kierkegaard writes:
Behold where he stands—God! Where? There—do you not see him? He is God and yet he does not have a resting place for his head; he dares not lean on any man lest he cause him to be offended. He is God, and yet he picks his path more carefully than if angels guided his steps, not to prevent his foot from stumbling but lest he trample human beings in the dust…We imagine that his might is found in the word he speaks, an omnipotent word that holds heaven and earth from shattering, but no; that is a light task compared to the strength he exerts in loving humility, bearing the burden of humanity’s offense and disdain!
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks