Hanging on to Privilege

by Stan Mitchell


“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” (Philippians 2:6-7).

One of Winston Churchill’s political rivals was Clement Attlee, a man whom Churchill regularly beat in parliamentary debate and on the campaign trail. One day, in his own unique way, Churchill gave Attlee the classic left handed compliment. Attlee was, he declared, “a modest man with much to be modest about.”

Well, Jesus Christ was a modest man … with much to be proud of. He was, in very nature [or essence] God. It’s hard for humans even to conceive of the privilege and glory such a position implies, a little like explaining Disneyland to a couple of New Guinean tribesmen in the jungle.

But he didn’t cling desperately to his status in heaven the way we do to our pathetic pride and position. Jesus willingly gave it all up to become human, live on our sad, weary globe, and carry out a service that all humanity needed.

This is greater than Queen Elizabeth sleeping in the ghetto, or Julia Roberts driving a battered old Chevy. This is more astonishing than Johnny Cochran defending a poor widow pro bono, or an NBA star representing his country in the Olympics for nothing! This is God, becoming man, getting down and dirty with the grime and filth of our sin, and saving us!

In truth, it is we who should be humble, for we have much to be humble about!

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