Passionate Purpose

Harrison, my nine year old and oldest, got in trouble last Monday after school. When I got home from the church I was greeted with the information that I needed to go have a talk with him. At the end of our talk he made a statement that surprised me – he openly wished that Adam and Eve had never sinned so that he wouldn’t have to deal with sin now. Quite a deep thought for a nine year old boy! My response to him was to point to Christ. When in doubt, give the Sunday School answer right? I asked how we would ever know the depth of God’s love if Christ had not come. So, perhaps there is a greater purpose at work.

I would like to focus this morning on one aspect of this coming relayed by Paul in Philippians 2:6-8:
6 Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
8 he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Pursue passionate purpose over personal privilege
o Christ had all the privilege in the world because of his Deity
o He emptied himself of these privileges to come to earth to offer Himself as a sacrifice
o John 13 – the role of a servant – humblest of all servants was the foot washer
o Death on the cross as a criminal – the most vile of death in their culture and He willingly went to the cross in innocence in obedience to the Father

Our response should be the same. Often we pursue personal privilege to sit at the best spots, own the best things, be treated as royalty. We seek personal glory in things for which God deserves the honor. The task of humility in the individual is a great challenge because it is not being weak, or a sissy, but giving credit to whom it is due. That credit is due to God. We fulfill God’s ultimate plan and honor Him the most when our lives pursue His purpose for us out of love for Him.

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~ by bchatcher on May 4, 2010.

One Response to “Passionate Purpose”

  1. Brian,
    A well-done devo! Keep living with that passion.

    In His grip,
    Scott

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