The picture above is from the front of a card that was given to me today by a friend, accompanied by a lovely little white “shabby” tiered serving tray. Not only have I always wanted a little white “shabby” tiered serving tray, I was so taken aback by the very simple offering of this gift given to me out of the blue. “I saw this and I thought of you”…how very sweet! I wonder, have I ever done that for anyone else? I’d like to become more aware of and intentional about such opportunities. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive or even a tangible object at all. An unexpected gift could come in the form of an invitation to coffee or tea, a note of encouragement, a plate of cookies, an offer to provide a couple hours of childcare for a weary young mother. It often does not take much to lift the spirits of another. Sometimes even a hug or a smile can bring delight and cheer. We are often so absorbed in ourselves, so wrapped up in our thoughts or jumping ahead in our minds to “what’s next,” that we can become oblivious to the opportunities around us, both great and small.
Continuing on in our passage in Phillipians, we saw this morning that “at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow.” What a joy for the believer to humbly and joyfully bow in this life as we serve our Lord, ever mindful of his condesceding grace towards us! We will each one of us bow that knee one day, but will we bow in reverence to our beautiful Savior, or in fear and dread before our eternal Judge?
In Christ we see a picture of humilty, of service, of condescending love, and of perfect obedience. May we take hold of this truth and, as we are conformed more and more to His image, may we be inspired to selfless actions that make much of our great and glorious God.