December 14, 2017

Philippians 2:7

The Ugly Purpose

The fulfillment of the prophet Isaiah, this verse tells us God’s purpose required Jesus to “make himself nothing, take the very nature of a servant.” Only in the heart of God would it make sense for Jesus to leave heaven and become not just a man, but a baby. Completely dependent, utterly helpless, Jesus came to our world.

In every sense, Jesus made himself nothing. Twice in the gospels, Jesus says, “Foxes have holes to live in, and the birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to rest his head” (Matthew 8:20, Luke 9:58). Jesus owned nothing. Isaiah 53 says Jesus had no beauty, majesty, or appearance that would draw us to him. Amazingly, the one who created every “perfect 10” who ever existed made himself a “1.” Jesus wasn’t much to look at.

Philippians 2:7 says Jesus took the nature of a servant. In the upper room, Jesus knew he didn’t have long to communicate important last messages. So rather than tell his disciples, he showed them. After Jesus washed their feet, he said, “Now that I have washed your feet, now you also should wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14).

Ideas like making ourselves nothing and being someone’s servant are foreign to us. But, like Jesus, we are called to this purpose of God as well. How can you fulfill this purpose of God in your life today? As we welcome the one who put you first, pray God will open your eyes to see those you can serve today.