September 9, 2020
[Jesus] 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.
One of the points from this Sunday’s message was an exhortation to “Fight for unity in your relationships!” When I think of seeking unity in times of division, I usually think of gentle apologies offered, reasonable agreements reached and calm hands shaken in friendship. But I don’t always acknowledge the very hard work and difficult discussions it may take to reach a place of real unity. Sometimes we have to fight for it!
Let’s face it: It’s easier to stay divided than it is to work for reconciliation. Often it feels better, too! Deep down every one of us wants to be correct on any question; it feels good to be “right”. And it is far easier and more comfortable to stay entrenched in our own opinion than it is to admit we might be wrong or have lessons we need to learn… or worse, admit that we caused the conflict in the first place. Nobody does that without internal struggle.
That’s another reason Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is so amazing. As humans we were divided from God, our relationship with our Creator was broken, but Jesus willingly fought for our reconciliation! This was a brutal, bloody, painful road He walked. Jesus poured Himself out, “emptying Himself” on our behalf, even “sweating great drops of blood” to bring us together (Luke 22:44). And none of this broken relationship He came to fix was His doing or even His fault! Have any of us ever come even remotely close to working that hard to save any of our relationships?
What relationships in your life could use some fighting to rebuild today? What divided situations look so bad that it’s hard to even face the idea of reconciliation, much less the “emptying of yourself” that work might take? Perhaps this is a good day to begin the task! Ask God to show you what steps you might take today to begin to fight for the unity He’s calling you to pursue.