Wednesday – November 1, 2017–The Disadvantaged
Matthew 20:25-27 (NIV) Jesus called them together and said, You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—
Philippians 2:6-7 (NIV) Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
A former CEO of a great American company was famous for this quote, “All I want out of life is an unfair advantage.” Obviously, he was not a follower of Jesus. He had a skewed moral compass. He led his company and himself to great riches, but his company also led the way in the great financial collapse of 2007 and 2008. The US government had to bail the company out to the tune of billions of dollars. A lesson like this would have humbled most men, but it didn’t in this case. He decided to sue the government in an effort to maintain an unfair advantage in life and the ones he attempted to take advantage of was the American taxpayer.
The example of Jesus is the opposite of this story. He disadvantaged Himself for your well-being. One of the best descriptions of a godly servant is someone who is willing to disadvantage himself for the benefit of others while on the other hand; a worldly master is someone who will disadvantage others for his own benefit. Jesus, of course disadvantaged Himself for the good of all mankind. The price that He paid by leaving Heaven, taking on the form of a servant and dying for sinners is incomparable and priceless. When He was on earth in human form, He never took advantage of anyone. He didn’t have a place He called home or even a place for Him to lay His head. When He needed to pay taxes, the money came out of a fish’s mouth and not a huge bank account.
Based on His record of healing the sick, casting out demons, raising the dead and controlling nature, He could have easily enriched Himself, but He chose to remain humble and to be taken advantage of. That is quite a contrast to the rich American businessman who did all that he could to enrich himself.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for the example that You set by being willing to be taken advantage of for the well-being of others. Empower me to follow Your example.