Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.
The Advent season is upon us. We contemplate what the coming of Christ into the world means for us. God has become flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus is human and divine. Jesus has suffered. Jesus has entered into glory and Jesus will return in glory. When Saint Paul thought about the incarnation, he realized that in order for God to become human, God had to surrender to God’s own process. There was a letting go, a self-emptying, a divine condescension. As followers of Christ, we are called to a similar attitude. We embrace the humility of Jesus that leads us to servant love. This changes our value system. Selfishness is crucified. We are more concerned about obedience to Christ than any rewards that might come from that obedience.
The power of the humility of Christ is revealed in the following prayerful blessing entitled Letting Go:
To a dear one about whom I have been concerned.
I behold the Christ in you.
I place you lovingly in the care of the Father.
I release you from my anxiety and concern.
I let go of my possessive hold on you.
I am willing to free you to follow the dictates of your indwelling Lord.
I am willing to free you to live your life according to your best light and understanding.
Husband, wife, child, friend—
I no longer try to force my ideas on you, my ways on you.
I lift my thoughts above you, above the personal level.
I see you as God sees you, a spiritual being, created in God’s image, and endowed with qualities and abilities that make you needed and important— not only to me but to God and God’s larger plan.
I do not bind you;
I no longer believe that you do not have the understanding you need in order to meet life.
I bless you.
I have faith in you.
I behold Jesus in you.
Is this an incarnational blessing that the Spirit is asking of you? Is there someone you need to entrust to Christ as an act of repentance in this Advent season?