Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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“Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus,
who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God
as something to be grasped after. Instead, he emptied himself,
assuming the form of a slave, made in the likeness of men.”
Paul, in Philippians 2:5—7
To save us from death, the Son of God in heaven emptied himself to come here and be like us. He divested himself of all that he had in glory with the Father and was “made in the likeness of men.” In return, the gospel demands that we follow the Son’s example. We must repent, which means to empty ourselves to be made like him.
This emptying of oneself is a requirement, for we must be filled with the Spirit in order to be made like Jesus. But as Uncle Joe once said, “God doesn’t fill up anything but empty vessels.”
Sister Donna also made a remark one time that says the same thing in others words. She said, “The only good you are to anybody is how alive you are in the Spirit.” Isn’t that true? Isn’t our value to others really measured by our closeness to God, who loved the world so deeply that He gave up His only begotten Son for our sins?
May God help us live close to Him so that our lives will truly benefit others.