Postures Of Advent: A Daily Christmas Devotional

Devotional

Christmas is a celebration of Jesus’ incarnation. It’s a celebration of His choice to become human and be with us in the brokenness and redemption of our flesh. 

Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, invites us to have the same mindset as Christ in “taking the very nature of a servant” through humility and incarnation.

The Message translation of the Bible puts it like this: “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood” (John 1:14).

What we see in Jesus is that in serving others proximity and being with is important. Author Ann Voskamp says, “With-ness breaks brokenness.”

In the brokenness of our world, Jesus’ example to us is to be incarnational, to be with our neighbours, with those who are not like us, with those who are suffering, with the lost and least in society. 

Jesus puts His skin in the game. He’s not about armchair humanitarianism, and He isn't a detached Saviour. To Jesus, taking the very nature of a servant means being all-in, with us.

Reflections:

  • What does being “incarnational” mean to you?
  • What opportunities do you have to be incarnational in your community in this season and in the coming year?

The very nature of a servant is to be with others. Let your presence, filled with the love of Christ, break brokenness today.