KEY VERSE: Phil 2:6-8 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
This week’s meditations centre on how Christ was willing to surrender his rights (powers and privileges) as God to take on the weaknesses and frailties of humanity. While his self-identity remains God, he has surrendered all rights associated with divinity so that he could become obedient unto death at the Cross.
Like many, I struggle with this kind of absolute obedience with God. My problem of obedience isn’t because I do not God’s word enough. Nor is it because I don’t know what is right thing to do. My root problem is my unwillingness to surrender my perceived rights and privileges. It’s not obedience that is my problem, but surrendering of my rights. I know I can’t be truly obedient to God and still hold on tightly to my rights—my right to be treated with respect and dignity; my right to retaliate when I am insulted; my right to complain when I think the service sucks; my right to come and go as I please; my right to do it “my way”. As long as I’m not willing to surrender my “freedom” to please myself, I will never be able to obey God as Christ did—to the point of death.
Father, teach me to surrender all my carnal rights so that I might obey You unconditionally and absolutely. Amen.