The 'upside down' Kingdom
'He took the humble position.' Philippians 2:7 NLT
Things in God's Kingdom are often an upside-down version of the way society expects them to be. Jesus demonstrates this truth. At the time of his birth in Bethlehem, most of Israel was imagining a Saviour who would come galloping triumphantly into the picture on a chariot, ready to win a decisive military victory against the Romans. Instead, Jesus grew up to ride peacefully into Jerusalem on an old borrowed donkey, giving his own life for victory over death. He saved everyone, but not in the way they imagined.
One major thing that Jesus' life on earth teaches us is how to serve. Philippians 2:7 tells us that Jesus 'made himself nothing, by taking the very nature of a servant' (NIV), even serving his own followers by washing their feet (see John 13:1-20). Jesus' decision to live such a humble life, and eventually die in the biggest act of service known to mankind, is such an important lesson. He shows us how to disregard our own ranking and simply love and serve those around us, which is exactly what makes God's plan work.
In God's Kingdom, the servants win the victories that change the world. When we usher in God's Kingdom by casting our own ego aside and putting others first, we'll find ourselves at his right hand, making the difference he wants in the world.
So what now? Spend time reading John 13:1-20, reflecting on how Jesus showed such an act of service, even to those he knew would betray him. How can you reflect that in your own life today?
Soulfood: 2 Cor 1-4 Matt 25:1-13 Ps 78:56-64 Pro 20:25,