I saw a preview for a new TV “reality” (ha) show that follows a CEO as he forfeits his cushy office, parking spot, and prestige to go under-cover and work in the trenches, elbow-to-elbow with the employees in his company. I’d bet very few CEOs would be willing to do that unless TV cameras were watching, and certainly not for any extended period of time.
There was, however, a certain CEO of The Universe who did just that. And He gave up much more than a parking spot. When Jesus came to earth, “though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6-8)
Do you ever wonder what went through Jesus’ head in the early years when He was battling a nasty stomach virus, or missed the nail and hit His thumb with the hammer? We see from His anguish in the garden that He was as susceptible to the feelings rollercoaster as we are. Hebrews 4:15 tells us He “understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin.”
The world urges us to cling tightly to our “rights,” but we can choose to follow the example Jesus set for us in laying down those rights for the sake of love. What would it look like if instead of clinging to pride, we would let go and embrace grace?