The gospel brings us to the seesaw way of Christ. The fulcrum or crux of the seesaw is the cross of Christ. We die and rise with Christ.
As believers we have a position of supremacy and authority in heaven with Christ. The moment we first believed we died and were raised with Him and seated with Him in heavenly places. Eph 2:6.
But now the way of the seesaw….. Consider …..
From our position on high we are called to “get down” or “sink down” into the humility of the death of Christ daily, to “die daily”, as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:31. We must get down to those lower than us and never to lord it over anyone. We are to be like our Heavenly Father and His Son. They are the God of the Underdog, a God who willing to get down under the oppressed to lift them up.
“Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.” Romans 12:16
As we are willing to be meek and lowly of heart as He is (Matt. 11:28-30), others will be lifted. As I write this, my heart is warmed that the former Grumpy Old Man greeted me cordially today and we began to exchange pleasantries on the exercise bikes this morning. God is at work! This wouldn’t have been possible if I had not been willing to deny self the other day (my right to the bike because of his previous offense and my rights to the bike based on first come first serve).
When we get down underneath our equals and especially those lower than us, God moves into our circumstances and the lives of those
around us. When we die with Jesus others will live with Him. This principle makes Christianity contagious (contagious health).
As we are willing to sink down, others are raised. As we die to self, others are raised to life. They are empowered into new births, renewals, revivals and refreshments. This is the seesaw principle given us by the God of the Underdog. “As death works in me life works in you.”
The GOM (Grumpy Ole Man) had a smile on his face as he sat down next to me this morning.
Jesus, though He was equal with God, was willing to humble Himself by becoming a helpless child in a dirty manger totally dependent on His Father in Heaven. Not only that, He went all the way to a shameful death, even to the point of death on a cross. Philippians 2:6-9.
“Let this (His) mind be in you.” Philippians 2:5.
That is the seesaw. The cross makes it all happen. You can’t do it. He can! Amen?
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