CAST is starting an exciting new weekly devotional resource, written by our very own staff! Our goal is to share from our experience with social justice and development issues in South Africa, as well as sharing what the Bible has to say about these issues. If you are looking for devotional material that speaks to living out your faith in a practical way, you’ve come to the right place!
CAST Voices Devotion: Jesus’ Way
By Jean-Ray Knighton Fitt
7 February 2017
Scripture: Philippians 2:5-8
In your relationships with each another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to cling to; rather, he made himself nothing by taking on the nature of a servant, being born as a human being. And when he appeared in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
This is the great mystery of the Christian faith – that God himself didn’t try to hold on to all the authority and power that was His anyway. But he let it go so that he could become like the people he loved and needed to save: not just like them in the way He looked, but in every experience – even the most final and fearful experience: death.
He didn’t just take a couple of steps down so that he could get closer to us and shake our hands … he came all the way down to the bottom, to the very bottom, even lower than the bottom actually! He willingly walked through the very worst of being human – and that is why he overcame it. And the Bible says we need to have the same attitude.
Why did he do that? Could he not have saved us some other way? Of course he could have – he is God! But it was his choice to do it this way, and God always makes the best choice. And so we have it from God himself – not just in his words, but also in his actions: Humility and letting go of all the things that make us feel important is the very best way to show love and to save.
So often people have used development to make themselves feel important and look important. They give to others and lift others up so they can feel good about themselves, seem important in the eyes of people they are helping, and seem successful in the eyes of donors and other stakeholders. Instead of lowering ourselves and becoming like those we serve, seeking to really know them and understand their lives while we walk in their shoes, we try to do it another way – find an easier, less sacrificial option.
Perhaps this is why we are still fighting poverty more than 2000 years after Jesus came.
- When you look around at Christian leaders, are they leading Jesus’ way?
- As disciples of Jesus, everything we do should be about showing love and bringing salvation. How good are we at doing it Jesus’ way?
- What are some of the practical things you can do today to serve people Jesus’ way?