The bringer of peace, emptied himself.
Have you ever noticed that some things are not the way that you would expect them to be?
When it comes to God, it seems that things are almost always upside down and backwards. We expect God to zig and he zags. We expect a warrior and he comes as an infant.
As we prepare, again, for the coming of Christ in Christmas we would do ourselves well to take a moment and consider who he is.
We are to be like him.
He is our big brother.
He is our mentor.
He is our King.
What does this great bringer of peace look like? Not at all what we expect him to be.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death —
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
This is the mindset and attitude of the great bringer of peace. What is yours?