A quick reminder: if a particular biblical verse or passage is difficult to understand, be sure to read the context (the verses, and even chapters) surrounding the difficult passage.
When thinking about the “submissiveness” issue (I Timothy 2:11), we suggested yesterday that Jesus was a great example of “submitting” to others’ authority, especially that of God the Father. We might also remember that passages like Philippians 2 tell us that Jesus voluntarily gave up the independent exercise of His divine attributes and “made himself a servant.”
How did Jesus “serve”?
As a child, Jesus submitted to His earthly parents’ authority. As an adult, He worked as a carpenter, submitting to the wishes of His clients (not all of whom, likely, were friendly, reasonable, and honest). In His formal earthly ministry, he spent time with “real people,” taking time to talk, weep, and care for people’s needs. He even washed the disciples’ feet!
All of this happened without any of the “royal” trappings one might expect to be given to a “King.” The only crown he wore was made of long, painful thorns, and that was only a piece of the torture to which He submitted Himself.
Following the example (again)
There are some things that Jesus did that we could never do (as we are not God). On the other hand, it might be fair to say that He doesn’t ask us to do anything He (as a human being) was not willing to do.
The word, “Christian” has been interpreted to mean “Christ-like” or “little Christ.” How are we doing in truly imitating Him?
1. What aspect of Jesus’ “serving” impresses you the most?
2. What aspect of Jesus’ “serving” is the hardest for you to imitate?
2. Despite the answer to #2 above, how is God calling you to “serve”?