He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
In his book, The Seven Time-Tested Leadership Principles, former NFL All-Pro Steeler Tunch Ilkin tells of the time when he and two other rookies were brought into the Steeler facility for a physical examination. As they waited, the legendary owner, Art Rooney — “The Chief” — walked up to them chewing on a cigar and wearing an old cardigan sweater that was misbuttoned. He began emptying ashtrays. He looked at the young men and asked them their names. However, before “The Chief” could identify himself, one of the rookies asked, “So are you the janitor here?” Rooney chuckled and replied, “I do a little of everything around here.”
Can you imagine? Mistaking the legendary owner of the Steelers for a janitor!
Can you imagine? Not recognizing the Creator when He walked on His earth.
Just as you would not expect “The Chief” to be emptying ashtrays, you would not expect the Creator to be born in a place where animals were kept. You would not expect His mother to be a young, poor, unmarried Jewish girl. Certainly you would not expect the King to work most of His life as a carpenter in the backwoods of Israel. The eternal God allowed Himself no privileges. Jesus, “who, being in very nature God…made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant…becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:6-8). That’s the humble God we serve!
Lord Jesus, thank You for humbling Yourself for me all the way to the cross. May I respond by humbling myself to obey You every day in every area of my life. In Your name. Amen.
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