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Lent Day 3

February 24, 2012 by Jong Park
Philippians 2:5-8: [5] Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, [6] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, [7] but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. [8] And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

We see ultimate condescension here: God does not clutch at his deserved glory but becomes a servant, a man, and a sacrifice. The gravity of His love brings Jesus down to earth and up on the ragged beams of crucifixion. The Son of Man does not wrap his metaphorical fingers around His glory but opens them to expose his palms so that sinners can drive nails into them. In other words, although he doesn’t become less than God, he becomes fully human to “sympathize with us” (Hebrews 4:15). Amazing condescension.

During this Lent, we must keep this open-palmed Savior on the forefront of our minds. Why? Because we struggle daily with the desire to glory grab. We want to often grab what God has told us not to hold: sin. We “hold” lustful thoughts, proud judgments, unbiblical worldview, selfish longings, just an overall desire to be the masters of our universe. But such glory grabbing is futile; it will escape through our fingers just as quickly as we’ve grabbed it. Or, if we feel we’ve got it, soon enough we will find our fingers leprous.

Jesus has freed us so that we can grab onto God’s promises, not our personal glory. What He says, who He is, His love, His beauty – His Word is what we hold onto and we progressively become like Him.

Prayer: Lord, forgive us for being glory grabbers. Your promises remind me that grabbing is unnecessary and counterproductive, so open our hands and our hearts. Give me a hunger for your Word and help me to hold onto your promises with a heart of faith.

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