Advent Day 24 – Philippians 2:6-8
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Thank you for joining our family Advent study! Advent is an arrival or coming, and it’s a time for us as Christians to prepare for the coming of Jesus on Christmas. Our reading plan during Advent will explore the Christmas story and is based on the family-friendly Advent study “Truth in the Tinsel” by Amanda White. We will be using the daily scriptures in our personal time at the feet of Jesus while we SOAP (Not sure what SOAP is? Go here for the tutorial.) and then sharing these scriptures with our families so we can all prepare together and learn what Christmas is really about. For ideas to keep the young ones engaged and daily ornament crafts, get your copy of “Truth in the Tinsel” here.
Below is a SOAP journal entry from our team to help dive into God’s Word. We encourage you to join in this study by sharing in the Comments section on our website. You can share what God’s teaching you or your family, prayer requests, family Christmas traditions, funny responses from your kids, etc.
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Servant | Becky Newman
I can’t ignore the scriptures surrounding today’s reading in Philippians 2. Paul wrote these verses in 2:6-8 to explain how we as Christians need to be one mind and Spirit and be more like Jesus as a servant to God. Above everything that divides and separates us, Jesus loved us so much that he gave up his divinity to be born as a human and to live in this world plagued by sin, to live a life full of the good days and the bad days, just like us, but then to sacrifice his body, to endure torture and pain and death on the cross as a once-for-all punishment for our sins (not even his own sins since he is incapable of sin).
Jesus is the true and perfect servant of God, a goal we should strive to attain though we will never attain it. If we are one in Spirit and mind in our pursuit of this goal, we will live a life of love and encouragement and inner peace, filled with the fruits of the Spirit, manifesting themselves in actual fruit–souls being raised to life. I can do my part to stay focused in Spirit and mind–connected–and trust God with the rest.
Thank You, God, for Christmas Eve! I’ve prayed every day this month for help in preparing me and my family’s hearts for this time, and You have answered that prayer in so many ways! Thank You for the solid time with my family and extended family this last week. Even though there hasn’t been much sleeping going on, I feel rested in You. Help me stay connected to You and strive to be a servant like Jesus!
I also pray for a beautiful peaceful Spirit-filled Christmas for all those following this study. May your Christmas be deeply enriched by this time you spent drawing close to God and His Son Jesus.