I know I said we were going to be poking around in Matthew, but we need to take this one detour over to Luke. Luke gives us the only look at Jesus’ childhood, and in Luke 2 we have these two statements concerning Jesus and His coming of age.
The Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. - Luke 2:40
And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. - Luke 2:52
Our young King had to spend time growing and learning. These are striking verses to me. They stand with what Paul tells us of 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. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. - Philippians 2:5-8
We see in Galatians that a son begins as a servant. Even The Son of God came as a servant and lived, not as the Master He was by birth and blood, but as a servant and minister. He didn’t spend His time demanding obedience, or ordering people around. He gave His life—even before the cross—to those He encountered.
just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. - Matthew 20:28
Yes, His death was a gift, given for the salvation of all mankind. But His life was also a gift. He gave His time, His heart, His power, His authority to those He came in contact with.
How often have we thought about what we would do if we could just get a touch from Him. If His power could be played out in our circumstance. He could fix my body, fix my finances, fix my relationships.
The mind of Christ thought differently. He did not think, “How can I use the power God has given me to solve my problems.” Instead He was always looking toward others. How would the Father touch this need or that brokenness.
The training for Kingship is service.
I’m hoping you’ll consider taking on this ‘mind of Christ.’ After all, we are sons and daughters of this same King. We are in training for royalty too. Rather than spending all our spiritual currency trying to receive our “due” from God, let’s see God’s heart for others and begin spending our spiritual dough giving into their lives. We might find out that miracles come way more easily when we are giving rather than striving to get.
Shine folks, shine.