…rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

Philippians 2:7 NIV

Listen to Words from the Heart

Emptied

Ever wondered what a local lake would look like without water? That was the situation at Isintok Lake in the hills above Summerland, B.C. back in September 2021, as crews replaced an outlet pipe. The District of Summerland, just north of Penticton, emptied the lake, which serves as one of many reservoirs for the town, to fix a century-old pipe in the Isintok Dam. The water was drained very slowly to preserve as many fish as possible. Environmental consultants continued to closely monitor the water to ensure the fish survived through the winter months.

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I can’t imagine emptying out an entire lake. I suspect they would have found lots of interesting things on the lake bottom when they did. The Bible speaks of emptying ourselves. We tend not to want to do that because as we do, it will reveal so much that we would prefer to keep hidden. Jesus had nothing in His life that He wanted hidden. Unlike us, He had no sin, no dark places. So, we wonder what the apostle Paul meant when he wrote this about Jesus in Philippians 2:7: “…rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” Other translations use the phrase “he emptied Himself” rather than “made Himself nothing.” This helps us understand what Paul means here. Jesus set aside any right he had as King of kings and Lord of lords in order to offer Himself as our redeemer. We are called to humble ourselves – empty ourselves of self, sin, pride, ego, will – in order to be filled by the Holy Spirit. Only then do we become like Jesus – a true servant of the Living God.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley