The Selfless God

 

“For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:9-10‬

I see Jesus coming close… taking off what wouldn’t transcend the heavens and diving into the world below. To rescue. To save. To erase the space that separates love from its lover… Jesus, Your heart is beating for us forever.

We were made for His love. 

He embraced what no god has ever nor ever will become for us… the redeemer… a sacrifice… a human… like us.

“Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:5-7‬

Jesus emptied Himself on earth to generate life with you in Heaven.

Hands and feet You wove together like me and You know what it sounds like to walk by the mountain’s breeze. To submerge into the ocean seas. To bleed in the garden of Gethsemane.

You know what it feels like when thorns cut your skin. You know what it looks like when the world crumbles from human sin. It grieves you… afflicts you… for we weren’t meant to live like this.

So You planned what only God could plan. And gave what only God could give.

Purity… is always our destiny.
Heaven… is now our trajectory.
For when sin became the proclivity Your soul dove into the tragedy and made history. Now God and man are one… eternally. We will speak of what You’ve done forever.

We give You highest worth forever. ♥️

He doesn’t advocate for His stature nor His name although He is worthy of all. So it’s gladly given to Him.

Where there is great honor bestowed, there has been great sacrifice poured out.

Philippians 2 says “for this reason…” Jesus is exalted. What is the reason? Emptying Himself for another. Dying. For another. Humiliated. For another. Punished yet innocent. For another.

Jesus is the selfless King.

His whole existence was about accomplishing something for us… He gave up His very glory and worth. He allowed Himself to be misunderstood for a whole lifetime. Belittled and undermined by people who knew nothing of who He was. Why would He do such a thing? Because of love.

Love makes you sacrifice the self.

For something greater.

Jesus is the something greater.

He is worthy of all my life.

I found my life

when crucified

my soul aflame

by cosmic fire

indwelling the crevices

filled

to bring to You

everything

You’ve awakened

my heart to love You

We live in a world that advocates for its self, it’s race, its gender, its choice, but that is not where true freedom comes from. 

Freedom comes from sacrificing the self and living for the spirit… the spirit of God.

“To live is Christ, to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21

Then you find something much more satisfying that the self…

…you find your soul. And you experience supernatural living with the King of kings. There is no other life worth living besides intimate relationship with Him. He makes so many beautiful moments happen and you feel Him all around you all the time… God is worth giving up everything for. And you will find life in return.

“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” Matthew 16:25

Selflessness is attractive. Because it’s love… and you feel it from the one who gives constantly. And you want to give back to them relentlessly. It’s Jesus’ heart. It’s God’s mantle. And His selfless nature teaches us also how to be selfless, laying down our lives for one another.

“Greater love has nobody than this: that He would lay down His life for His friends.” John 15:13

The Bible says that it’s because Jesus willingly laid down His own life that He is above all. Royalty is defined by generosity. Honor is denoted by sacrifice given. What you give describes who you are.

When Paul teaches on this passage about Jesus laying down His life for others, he gives this as an example to the Philippians church to learn from.

Paul says in verse 2, “complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” Complete my joy! he says.

It makes God happy when we are selfless givers to one another. And it blesses are loved ones. Without it, rivalry and vain conceit infiltrates because it exists in the world and the self will absorb it from the fall unless we determine to let the self die.

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3

What does true humility mean?

Literally, it means “to be humiliated.” To be stripped of true worth and dignity.” Jesus “emptied Himself” verse 7 says. He was stripped of His worth and dignity. And He became “the form of a servant.”

That’s our God… the one who rides in the skies of Heaven and soars on the clouds of cosmic wonder… He came down to earth to serve. And not be honored for who He was worth… for 33 years. That’s quite a long time to be denied value and dignity… to live year after year without anyone singing His praise or declaring “holy holy holy” as was given in Heaven to Him every second. He’s deserving of that. Completely deserving. And yet He allowed Himself to go without that… and be humiliated instead. 

He is the most selfless love…

He is the selfless God.

Jesus let Himself be humiliated on earth so that He didn’t have to live without us one more day.

How do you react when humiliated?

How you react reveals whether or not you’re living by the spirit or the self. If you’re operating with godly humility or not.

If you lash out with anger and retaliation, you miss the opportunity to make God’s purpose come to life in that situation. If you seek revenge, you flame the self and kill the spirit. Jesus saved the whole world because He was willing to submit under the yoke of humiliation for a time. When you experience humiliation of any kind for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ, it won’t be overlooked by God. He will exalt you for it, just like He did Jesus. It’s what Paul says. “Let your attitude be that of Christ Jesus…”.

Humiliation accompanies the road towards Jesus because the world is antagonistic to Jesus and His spirit. Jesus said, “don’t be surprised if the world hates you. They hated me too in John 15:18.

Choose joy in the midst of what could be humiliation. True joy doesn’t get humiliated… you’re too busy being elated in love… and you overflow with happiness to everyone around you. 

Pure love is unashamed.

Free and passionate.

Devoted.

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.Philippians 2:13

Faith in Jesus Christ is a real pursuit… don’t take it lightly.

Be serious about your faith. Committed. Devout. It’s your whole life… and Jesus longs to be so close to you if you’ll let Him.❤️

You can experience so much more and discover the satisfaction you crave when you take your faith seriously and seek the Lord wholeheartedly... and before you know it you’ve fallen so in love with Him there is no turning back… and you never want to go back because His love tastes that good.

His loves tastes so good… 

He loves to lavish us with His love and He will go to any lengths necessary to do so.

All His time was given to us. Jesus didn’t have time to give to the self.  He was focused on giving to the spirit. So the self became an object of scorn, but in removing Himself from the sting of it He overcame it… and was able to fully let it die… literally the self and its body died… and so it was resurrected to a glory far surpassing any kind of self glorification.

Let the self die and you will experience the heights of spiritual ecstasy with God.

“I am my Beloved’s and His desire is for me.” Song of Solomon 7:10

Jesus’ desire is for His people… He was focused on what He came to do, save us, which was in our best interest. He forgot about His own best interest. And in doing so, He gained the love of those who truly saw Him for who He was. 

Let each of you look not only to his or her own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:4-5

It doesn’t say forget about your interests, it says “also look to theirs.” Jesus prioritized His interests… His interests just so happen to be rooted in loving us. When you have a selfless heart, your interests will reflect that and you will be happy because you’re doing what you love. Giving and loving will be a passion.

Jesus is the selfless God.

And He is the joyful God.

Jesus is the ultimate model of choosing others and laying down the self.

And now He will be King over all people.

Forever.

Exaltation comes from laying down our lives. Not advocating for it.

It’s only when you lay it down, you find who you are in God’s eyes… made from a Royal bloodline.❤️

 

“So 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 2:10-11

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