Remember Paul Harvey and the way he would do those “The Rest of the Story” things? My parents were big Paul Harvey fans so I listened to a fair amount.
Today I have a kind “Rest of the Story” from a really good and convicting sermon we heard on Sunday morning. You can find it here https://www.firstdecatur.org/messages/overflow/ and I may just touch on it again tomorrow, but one of our pastors talked about the difference between having the label of Christian and being a disciple of Christ.
He gave a good visual of the contrast of being filled with ourselves and the world verses being filled with the Holy Spirit of God.
He did some pouring in and pouring out and it helps me cement in my mind what I know in my heart.
Yesterday I was working on a Bible Study and one of the passages brought the whole sermon into even greater perspective.
In Philippians 2: 5-7 I found these words:
Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited. Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity. And when He had come as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death – even to death on a cross.
Jesus poured out all of His omnipotence and glory and allowed Himself, God, to be limited by the flesh and blood of our humanity. He allowed Himself to be dusty footed and hungry and betrayed. Just like us.
While He lost none of His deity, He poured out all the benefits of position so that He could become one of us.
And because He poured out all of the fullness of Himself, we can be filled fully with Him.
The Kindness of God.
Be blessed today – you are dearly loved <3