Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” Philippians 2:5-8.
It is not my intention to minimize man or to diminish his importance. If God was willing to die for all humanity, then I would be a fool to question His intent or compassion. If God was willing to take on a human form, then He must for sure feel a kinship or at least want to show His love for man. To imply or even suggest that man could ever become more important then His creator is heresy. I feel that many today have placed their importance far above that which is realistic and there behavior has become irrational and self-destructive. How do we relate with the idea of God becoming the servant? If God’s intent was to become the servant of man as the verse above suggests, does that mean that God willingly gave up His sovereignty? I think not, man will always be man and God will always be God. It is not about man and never was. The only way that man was allowed into the picture was because of God’s incessant love for him. God cannot change, He is who He is and in order for Him to be reliable He must remain unchangeable. This verse only goes to prove the deep love that God has for His creation and His determination to protect and preserve what He has created. The only true value and importance of man is found in the love that God has shown unto him. Without love man would cease to exist. As an excellent example we can point to the evil destruction of war and armed conflicts that have occurred in every generation, wars that have been brought about by the hatred of man for man and man for God.
We should never under estimate the awesome power and love of God. I am forever amazed at God’s ability to forgive. Man has put God in a place of irrelevance and in his arrogance and pride; he has made God to become his enemy. God will not be scorned; and, if we are to obtain the salvation that only He can give, we must willingly seek His forgiveness. When I see the reckless and oft time total lack of regard for Him, the blasphemy and the crude expressions of obscenity that are forever placed upon Him, I am left in disgust. I am left wondering why He has chosen to permit such an awful display of insolence; but, I am soon drawn back into the presence of His love and His complete forgiveness. I am left with a tear in my eye and a soft voice of thanksgiving upon my tongue. I know that if it were not for God’s deep desire to forgive, I would not possess the hope that has been afforded me. Every thing can be explained in this short but candid verse, “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 John 4-8). GLH MOM,LLC