Recently, I read a story told by an older British man.
When he was a little boy after WWII, he saw a picture of some people walking around a bombed out street in a city. Bricks and timber were strewn across the cobblestone. The houses and buildings were totally destroyed.
However, there was something more to the picture. On the photo, there was a small arrow pointing to one of the men in the group. He looked just like the others, wearing the plain clothes of an average person.
But the arrow revealed a secret. That plain-clothed man was King George VI, walking among the debris. He looked so much like the other figures that he was indistinguishable from them.
This story perfectly sets off our verse today:
but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
Jesus became exactly like us.
The King of all the universe threw aside his coronation clothes and took on the rags of humanity.
This is the ultimate act of humility. Jesus, our great King, doesn’t shoo us away from himself or make us approach him from a distance…
…instead, Jesus is the King who steps down from his throne to walk alongside his people and make them his siblings (Rom. 8:17).
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Where does Jesus’ example inspire you to lay down your life in loving humility today?
Today’s devotion by Jordan Loftis, bestselling author of Today We Win: A Simple System To Achieve What Matters Most, host of The Bible Better Podcast, Bible Teacher at Valor Global Online School, and teaching pastor.