By Scott Franks
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God
something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:5-8).
In other words, God submitted himself to us! Christ died because it was necessary for us to live. Christ’s incomprehensible journey from the glory of Heaven to a manger in Bethlehem to dying in agony on a cross is a distance that cannot be measured even in light years. Jesus “made himself nothing” so we could have everything. Jesus condensed all his love and sacrifice down to two simple emblems: bread and wine, his body and his blood.
Communion is our way of stopping each week to ponder anew the staggering price of our salvation and check our attitudes. Look at this gift. Look at the humility, the love, the servant heart of Jesus, the One who gave it to us.
Each person should consider: Has this gift changed how I treat others? Do I extend the same love and forgiveness I am receiving to someone else? Do I have the same attitude as Christ?
Scott Franks preaches for the Edgemere Church of Christ (Edgemere.org) in Wichita Falls, Texas. He also contributes weekly devotionals to the 728B site on Facebook.