You think a lot about being first. This isn’t a question because I am quite certain that this is true about you — and me. Of course, in life not everyone gets the solo part, becomes the valedictorian, or wins the game; we play second fiddle parts while dreaming — maybe scheming — about the glory of being first. Sin is easily born from that desire. Rather than playing our parts begrudgingly, let’s_practice playing second fiddle_ with joy and gratitude as a powerful witness that we have placed our lives before God as an offering.

The heart and soul of Christmas is that God brings human nature and the Godhead together in one human being: Jesus Christ. In the birth and life of Jesus, God showed us what it is like to be truly human. Jesus chose to set aside the privilege of deity in an act of lavish unparalleled selflessness. Even now, Jesus lives and reigns supremely but thinks about glorifying the Father, not himself.

Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! (The Message)

Jesus, you live as I want to live, devoted in love to our Father, thinking about glorifying him. Thank you for showing me what it means to be truly human. I want to set aside my perceived rights and privileges and think first about others before myself in your strength. I ask you to make me humble and selfless through your Spirit living in me. Amen

Throughout This Day: Practice playing second fiddle. Thank your spouse, give credit to others for their contribution, encourage someone, serve someone joyfully and gratefully, to the glory of the Father.

Keep Rhythm with Jesus.

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