Downsizing for the sake of the call...

I read something on CNN a few days ago[i] that gives an example of what it looks like for one man.  Francis Chan just resigned from his 4,000 member church in California to travel through Asia visiting missionaries and small churches. 

He wants to disappear for awhile from the high platform he’s been given.  Francis Chan is a Christian mega-church celebrity in demand at conferences and on his DVD teaching series.

In his sudden resignation he said, “I think there has been too much emphasis on me. I want to be used by God, but I think we have this desire to make heroes out of people rather than following God and the Holy Spirit.”

Chan has recognized the danger of becoming too important—gaining the whole world of Christian subculture and losing his own soul.  As soon as you allow the cares of this world to take over, you begin to die.  Everyone who is ever given the privilege of teaching and leading others would do well to remember how Jesus led with humility.

Matthew 20:
25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.  26 Not so with you.  Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Are you a disciple of Jesus Christ?  This is the cost of following; that we would give our lives away for the benefit of others.  As we reflect on the birth of Jesus, we need to see the reality of his downsizing.  It takes unimaginable love to go all the way down to save others. 

What is your attitude about becoming poor for the sake of others?

Philippians 2:5-7
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.