TITLE: Giving of Yourself
DATE: March 26, 2019
TEXT: Philippians 2:6-8 - ESV - Who, though he (Jesus) was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Brandon Quills and Tanner Wilson are friends. Have been friends for years.
In that they are like many other kids in High School. There is nothing to distinguish them, or make them unusual….except…
….if you saw them in the corridor of their Arkansas High School, Brandon would be the one in the wheelchair. Brandon would be the one running the obstacles and the crowds as he attempted to move from class to class. Most importantly, Brandon is the one whose arms grew exhausted at the end of the day.
“My arms grow tired.” That is the Brandon’s complaint which stuck with Tanner.
It was a complaint Tanner decided to remedy.
That’s how it was he started to set money aside from his part-time job at an auto-repair shop. For weeks Tanner saved. The weeks turned into months and the months turned into two years. For two years Tanner put money aside… until he had enough.
Tanner bought the chair and presented to his friend while they were in school. Brandon described the event, “My face just blew up. "I was just crying everywhere. I was like, 'Wow I can't believe he did that for me.'"
Tanner's mother said her son’s gesture is not unusual. "He's always been about everybody else and not himself."
I expect Mary, the mother of our Lord, might have expressed the same sentiment concerning her Son, Jesus. Truly, He was always about the business of healing folk, teaching people and saving souls which were condemned by sin.
Now I commend Tanner for saving up for two years, but Jesus dedicated His entire life to rescuing and redeeming souls.
He finally gave His life on the cross so our lives might be transformed; so that we might be forgiven of our transgression, so we might be reconciled with the Father and so heaven could be our home.
And in response we, like Brandon ought to say, “'Wow I can't believe He did that for me.'"
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I can’t believe You would send Your Son into the world to do all which was necessary to save me. May my heart remain always grateful for Your love and mercy. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Today’s devotion was inspired by various articles, amongst which is the one written Bob Cronin for Newser on March 5, 2019 . Those who wish may check out this link which was, at the time of writing, fully active: http://www.newser.com/story/272162/teen-saves-for-2-years-buys-friend-an-electric-wheelchair.html
The music which introduces and concludes our devotions was written by Guy Baumann. He with his extended family have a great witness. This song comes from the album: The Baumann Brothers which may be ordered here: http://thebaumannbrothers.com/index.html