Speaking Our Language

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a a servant, and coming in the likeness of men.

Phil. 2:5-7

It had been snowing for twenty-four hours. Knowing that it had been a hard winter, I filled the bird feeder with an extra supply of birdseed. A short while later, a small  bird appeared in the yard. Obviously weak, hungry, and cold, he pecked at the snow, searching for food. How helpless I felt watching this. I wanted to go out and point to the feeder. But, if I opened the door the bird would be frightened off. Then I realized that only if I were another bird could I fly with him, identify with his hunger and cold, and let him know that I understood and cared.

Our God, looking at us, knew that He must become one of us in order that we might know His love. Jesus disclosed God’s character through a willingness to be transparent and vulnerable. How grateful I am that God reached out to me in a language I could understand. Because He reached out and loved me first, I am capable of truly loving others.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you have allowed me to know you. Thank you that you know and understand all of me, and yet you continue to approach me. Thank you that as I have the courage to share myself with others, I know myself, them, and you better.


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