How Do I Love Him?

I love riding my bike. One time I was going on about riding and how much I enjoy it and a friend asked, what do you like about it? I answered: “Everything!” I like working hard to climb a hill and then flying down. I love the freedom of exploring new places and I even love the clothes (yes, the shorts too). It’s the same when I think about what I love about Jesus – everything!

His humility is especially attractive and intriguing. One of my favorite passages in the New Testament is Philippians 2. Paul tells us Jesus made himself nothing to become one of us. His humility and self-emptying (kenosis) are astounding. For the creator of space, time, the universe, earth and all it holds to give up the glory he shared with the Father and the Spirit is something we can hardly comprehend. He continued to show humility to everyone he encountered. It was most evident when he went to the cross, humbling himself to die a criminal’s death, enduring the ultimate shame and derision to lay down his life for us.

Humility is a rare commodity today. It’s scary because it usually means giving up something of ourselves and everything within us tells us not to because we think it will hurt or diminish us. It’s one of those supernatural laws that seems contradictory, that whoever wants to save their live will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Jesus will save it (Matthew 10:39, 16:25; Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24). Jesus is so full of humility that he will even share his with us. This is the only way to true humility – for him to fill us with his, which at the same time empties us of our arrogance. Humbled by his humility – that’s something to ponder!

Author: ttkach

Writer, cyclist, paper-crafter, mom, gardener.

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