We’re all in this epic struggle on the battlefield called life. On the front lines, our Commander in Chief, the Lord Jesus, calls us to a life of giving and sacrifice. Away from the front lines, we feel the pull to stay huddled in a “safe place.” We reason that it’s much more comfortable sitting around the tents and tables than to be “out front.” What if Jesus adopted the attitude of “play it safe”? Had He stayed in heaven with the angels, surrounded by unimaginable comforts, there would be no reason for Christmas. More than that, there would be no salvation. But, donning His battle fatigues, He left his “comfort zone” and deployed where He was needed most. “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…” (Phil. 2:6-7a). Why in the world would He do such a thing? Let’s let the songwriter Thomas Campbell (1777-1844) help us find the answer in his hymn “And Can It Be that I Should Gain.”
He left His Father’s throne above
So free, so infinite His grace!
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race.
Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
There it is…Jesus chose love over luxury! So, what about you and what about me? Philippians 2:5 says, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” Jesus did not come for us to admire Him, but for us to follow Him. Are you willing to step outside the comfort of your living room, away from your TV, movies, and PC? Will you sacrifice time and energy to seek God in prayer, to open the Bible and read, to gather together with God’s people and worship…to grow as a soldier of Jesus? Will you sacrifice by helping a neighbor in pain, by listening to a friend’s story, by sharing the Good News with a co-worker? Remember, every victory is preceded by a risk. Jesus left everything to enter the battle. Where are you?
Pastor Mark Boucher