Thursday, April 5, 2012

The incarnation & the Cross...

Missions is about incarnational living... it's about enter the life of another with the love of God. 

Most of the time when we think of incarnation we think of Christmas... not Easter.  Let's face it, the manger scene is a much more tranquil picture of what we'd like incarnational living to be about.

Yet I was reading Philippians and read again the Kenosis Passage, the hymn we find in chapter two...

In your relationships with one another, have the same attitude of mind Christ Jesus had:
       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 human being,
       he humbled himself
       by becoming obedient to death—
       even death on a cross!

These words are a powerful picture of what incarnation is all about.  As I read them on this Maundy Thursday, I cannot help but lift my voice in praise to a God who came ALL the way into MY world.  But, remember, we're called to live out His incarnation in our own lives.  The question becomes: what does that look like where I live?  What does that look like as I seek to enter the community where God has placed me?... as I seek to be missional in my world, in my community?

Perhaps these words from 1John can help us... or at least stir our imagination... leading us again to wonder.

"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.  And we ought to lay down our lives for one another.  If anyone of you has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in you?"

Lord, help me to enter into my world as you entered into mine.