No reputation


Man of No Reputation- Rick Elias


That cuts to the heart of everything – Jesus in Nazareth, continuing in the tradition of His father’s work, working with wood, helping to raise the family.  He had no reputation.

But emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men. – Philippians 2:7  ESV

But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. – Philippians 2:7  KJ21

It would seem that since we fell by pride we can only be raised up by humility.  In the beatitudes, was not the first one being poor in spirit. As a disciple, I need to learn from Him who was the example of being meek and humble.  Hard to imagine that Jesus could display the highest values of dignity and conduct Himself with such humility. Humility in Jesus looked like self-denial, patience, forgiveness, gentleness, submission, and self-control.

I know that in my walk as a disciple of Jesus I have to be careful that in my strategies and struggles, I do not lose sight of God and His purpose. As I am tempted to come up with some kind of shortcut for success, I come to the realisation that there are no shortcuts. Maturity in my faith and discipleship are lifelong pursuits. I grow through the Word, prayer, spiritual disciplines and godly relationships. Those are still tools. He is the means.

By being more dependant on Him, I have a better attitude that creates better actions. Yes, I still ask myself from time to time why I should be willing to give up a great salary, comfort, fun and even friends to follow Jesus as His disciple. Jesus gives me things that are eternal while those things are limited and temporary.

Jesus is worth following because no one is like Him. He is unique, stands in a class all His own. When I was far from Him, He came looking for me. As I received Him and acknowledged and worshipped Him, He gave me life.


No division


I was reading up on some Shakespeare pieces as there was pointed out to me that he was not free to put God in any of them but alluded to things about God in them. In particular, I wanted to read The Phoenix and the Turtle as there was a stanza there about the Trinity.

So they lov’d, as love in twain 
Had the essence but in one; 
Two distincts, division none: 
Number there in love was slain. – Shakespeare, The Phoenix and the Turtle 
I see the math dynamics for sure and if I were to read some of the Trinity pieces in the same era as Shakespeare I believe I would understand the counterparts even better.  I do understand John much better and I think this explains just how united and close the Trinity operate together in community.
I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. – John 17:20-24  ESV
Could it be that Jesus selection of disciples were so radically different in temperament, personality and political philosophy – so that because of their glaring differences, their unity was so evident.
Jesus desires unity, closeness and a love with His disciples and that love reflects the very same love in the Trinity.
Notice how different this prayer was from the one in which He taught the disciples to pray.
“The request of our Lord thus given in John’s seventeenth chapter is clearly no prayer of an inferior to a superior: constantly there is seen in it the co-equality of the Speaker with The Father. The Two have but one mind… Where the Son speaks He is not seeking to bend The Father to Him: rather is He voicing the purpose of the Godhead.” – Trench
The message to me as a disciple is this – without love and without unity I do not deserve credibility.
Unity does not mean uniformity, but rather to remain in love, in spite of tensions and conflicts. The unity in love revealed in the Trinity is the model for communities – no division.

The advantage of believing in the Trinity is not that we get an “A” from God for knowing the right answer. The advantage of believing in the Trinity is that we then live as if the Trinity is real, as if the cosmos around us is actually beyond all else a community of unspeakable magnificent personal beings of boundless love, knowledge and power. – Dalles Willard