Read Philippians 2:1-11
"But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men" (v. 7).
Dr. J. F. Cowan told the story of a small religious college that was experiencing financial difficulties. On one occasion a wealthy businessman visited the campus and found a white-haired man in work clothes painting a wall. He asked where and when he might see the school's president. The caretaker pointed to a white house nearby, saying that he could find the president there at noon.
Promptly at noon the visitor knocked on the cottage door and was admitted by the painter he had seen earlier, now dressed quite differently. After a cordial visit and inquiries about the school's needs, the businessman departed with a statement that he would be in touch. A few days later the school received a letter with a $50,000 check. The president's humility had touched the man's heart.
Christ made Himself of no reputation, and became one of us, yet never lowered Himself to our level. He knew the work and language of the farmer and seed sower, the scribes, lawyers, and Pharisees, the fisherman, the mother and her children. He could relate to the beggars, cripples, lepers, prostitutes, and the thief, robber, Samaritan, Greek, or Israelite. (RLC)
Jesus accepted anyone who came to Him, but sent them away new men and women.
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