Earlier this week a Facebook post pointed me in the direction of a blog written by a young mother about her busy life, and her need for time off every so often. My initial reaction was ‘try stepping into my world’ as thoughts of family, work and church pressures flooded into my mind. But the writer was not asking to step into my world, she was inviting me to step into hers.
I read the blog a second time, and then a third. I was impressed that this young woman’s husband had stepped into her world. In doing so he gained an understanding that perhaps all of us need about the pressures our wives, husbands, families and friends face. While my thoughts were still running in circles around the problem of how could I achieve a day off (and what would I do with it) I realised that it isn’t really about me. There are other people in my world. If I gain a better understanding of them, if I can learn to be more sacrificial and less self-obsessed, then won’t I gain at least as much as I am giving? And isn’t that the example that Jesus set when God put on human clothes and stepped into our world?
Is there somebody’s world that you need to step into today?
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 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, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:1-11 NLT)