Our Humiliation

Philippians 3:20-21

20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from where we also wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will change the body of our humiliation to be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working by which he is able even to subject all things to himself.

 


 

Though most all of us live as if we are in denial.  We are now in bodies of our humiliation.  We are as caterpillars wrapped within the natural bodies of this fallen world.  Many and even many believers will attempt to convince us to seek our own greatness rising out of the great mass of mediocrity.  Seeking an image of excellence, of beauty, of dignity, even perfection not possible for us now.  Seeking to carry themselves with a false honor and dignity, which is above them.  This seeking is not good.  We are as if worms loving distinction, loving honor and glory for ourselves.  Seeking glory in our own shame.   One worm attempting to lift itself to a place of honor and dignity above the other worms.  We become those who love judging, love making distinction, attempting to accentuate our own greatness and worthiness over others, and at the expense of love, mercy, and graciousness.

Not content in the humiliation of our present condition.  This humiliation which should be graciously accepted as our low position right now.  Accepting ourselves and others in this common low state as brothers and sisters.  Encouraging one another to look to the true Excellent One, Distinguished One, Great One.  The One and only hope of our great escape from this cocoon of corruption and destruction.  Let’s not deceive ourselves, that the freeing from this cocoon occurs in our natural lives.  We are able to receive a new life, receive the Excellent One within us, however it is almost as if He is trapped within the cocoon of our own sinful selves, to a great degree.  We can with hope look to that day of our total freeing, when Jesus will be fully glorified for all to see, and we will be glorified with Him.

We can look to Jesus, look to God, (Father, Son, Spirit) for our change. Accepting His true judgment, rather than attempting to create our own imaginary distinctions.  [ 11 Behold, all those who are incensed against you will be disappointed and confounded.  Those who strive with you will be like nothing, and shall perish.  12 You will seek them, and won’t find them, even those who contend with you.  Those who war against you will be as nothing, as a non-existent thing.  13 For I, Yahweh your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Don’t be afraid.  I will help you.’ 14 Don’t be afraid, you worm Jacob, and you men of Israel.  I will help you,” says Yahweh, “and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.  (Isaiah 41:11-14)]

 

Paul M.