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October 5, 2016
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Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
— Philippians 2:5–7

Not only did the Lord “not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped” (v. 6), He also “emptied Himself” (v. 7). This is somewhat like a father who lets go of all sense of dignity as he gives his young daughter a ride on his shoulders. He happily lifts her up and allows her to steer him around the house by pulling his hair. In this way he empties himself.

Adapted from Philippians: “That I May Gain Christ”, page 106.

Tomorrow: “Emptying Ourselves ” (2)

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