Grant Ewing 16 January 2011 Words: 301
Meditation Commentary Availability vs. Self-Centeredness
“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.”
The character quality of availability is a lifestyle. A lifestyle of one who considers himself as less important than his brother, and is in submission to the One who first served and loved him. Availability is a part of being servile, and one can not truly be a servant without being available to do so. The Bible says that we have responsibilities, such as taking care of our family (1 Timothy 5:8) and doing and following through with what we say we will (Matthew 5:37). So all of our obligations as Christians already taking a good part of our time, we have the remainder to do as we would please. To practice Availability we must align our desires for how we would wish to use our time, with the way God would will us to. This can be as practical as broadening our awareness of what is going on around us. If one finds himself in a place where opportunities are not opening up, a change of attitude or relocating himself elsewhere would be advisable. I have personally found that if we do our best to perform efficiently in our daily obligations, we not only enjoy greater fruits, but more time to invest in the lives of others. If we look at the life of Christ we see that His whole life on earth was devoted to other people. He was God, and could do whatever he would have so desired, “but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness
” (Philippians 2:7b). How can this selfless love displayed by Christ not inspire us in the least to reflect His character and mirror his ways?
. It is truly indescribable the love that Jesus Christ has for his creation.of men.