What rights?

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: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 man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross!” [Philippians 2:5-8 NIV]

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Something that plays around in my mind from time to time is this: do we have any rights? I mean, really, do we? Or perhaps I should put it this way — should we demand our rights? I mean, who are we anyway?

If we are truly to emulate Christ, then, the more I think about it, we need to let them go. If Jesus, who is God in the flesh gave up every right — His right to kingship, His right to be respected and honoured, His right to justice and a fair go, even to have His feet washed by His disciples — then shouldn’t we also?

The Bible is very clear. When it comes to leadership and authority, we are not to lord it over others, but lead by serving (1 Peter 5:2-4). When it comes to being respected and honoured, we are told to expect persecution and bless those who treat us badly (Matthew 5:44). When it comes to justice, we are told to turn the other cheek, that vengeance belongs to God alone (Matthew 5:39 & Deuteronomy 32:35). Jesus is our example, the servant of all.

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We are elevated ONLY by His grace. We deserve nothing. Without Him, we are but filthy rags. So why act like we should be treated better than our Saviour? If He can let go of His rights, then we should also do the same.

I have found that life is less stressful when I try to live this out? What do you think?

Published in: on 30th July, 2012 at 10:25 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. SO true, Amanda. We are to lay it all down. as Jesus did. Once we get our heads and hearts around it, it’s liberating, as God intended it to be. We only have to battle ‘self’ to get there… hey?
    Dotti 🙂

    • Yes, battling self is the hard part. We always want to rise up and fight. Arrrgggh. But, it is liberating when you can let go. Thanks Dots. 🙂

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