The Freedom of Letting Go
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” – Phil. 2:5-8
How often in life do I find myself grasping – for a sense of status, security, identity, worth. I hold tight to the things I hope will fill me up, cover me up, make me whole. But what we find in today’s passage is the opposite of grasping. Where I tend to grab onto whatever I can reach with tight, anxious fingers, Jesus models a gritty but open-handed serenity.
He lets go of rank to become a servant – he’s still in the embrace of God. He lets go of his divine form – still in the embrace of God. He even lets go of life, is willing to die for our sake – and finds himself still in the embrace of God. As Greg remarked on Sunday, it seems to be in the letting go of all the other "stuff" that he discovers more and more the freedom of truly resting in God.
What do you sense God calling you to let go of today? How might God meet you in the process? Spend a few minutes talking with him about these things.