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At Christmas we get caught up in the busyness of it all, don’t we? We forget why we are doing all of the things—shopping for gifts, decorating the house, planning meals. But may I encourage you to join me to really consider the One whose birth we celebrate? And to follow His example to live an emptied life this Christmas season.

Jesus

…who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by 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. (Philippians 2:6-8, emphasis added)

We often think of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross at Easter. But do we consider His sacrifices at Christmastime?

An Emptied Life: A Free Christmas Devotional for Mom

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He Emptied Himself. 

Jesus was in the form of God, yet He set that aside for us.

He Became…

A man.

A servant.

He Gave…

Jesus gave up the glory that he had with God before the world existed (John 17:5).

He gave up his riches (2 Corinthians 8:9).

He gave His life. On the cross. The shameful, painful death of a criminal. For us.

And we are called to be like him.

Yes, we give Christmas gifts to one another as a way to remember Christ’s gift to us. But what gift can we give to Him?

The passage in Philippians begins with these verses:

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus… (Philippians 2:3–5)

Why is this so hard for us? Why is it so hard for me? I can be so selfish, conceited. I  count myself more significant. I look to my own interests, or what I feel I have a right to. It is as if I live life with an “It’s all about me” mentality.

But Paul urges me—he urges all of us—to have the mind of Christ. Christ the one who sacrificed so much in birth, and life, and death.

Jesus set an example of how we should live. For how we should give the most meaningful gift to those around us. This Christmas, let us commit to following his example. To humble ourselves, serve others, to give.

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