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He Himself Suffered

Hebrews 2:18

Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Growing up – I always appreciated working for a boss who started at the bottom – one who suffered along with the common man so to speak. If he or she didn’t start at the bottom – it was appreciated when they would roll up their sleeves and helps those of us on the bottom of the employee list.

I work for a young man now at a local golf course that embodies this approach. He may or may not have started at the bottom long ago – but after he was hired as the director of golf for the private club where I work – he has always been willing to serve others and help whenever needed doing whatever is needed. It really makes me appreciate him all the more!

I worked as a teen and in my early 20’s for another man who first managed the company where I worked and later owned the company – and yet he would join in the most basic of tasks if needed. He would go on jobs with us and would model for us how leaders were supposed to lead. I appreciate this man and he was in my wedding!

My father set this example for me long ago as well. Dad – the pastor – could be found doing all sorts of odd jobs around the church where he served. Nothing was beneath him. He would work at the dinners – he would help the trustees on workdays – he would help stack chairs and pick up tables – he would clean the snow off of the sidewalks after a storm (often he and I would be out there doing so without any help). He was another model of a servant leader.

It is this character trait that endears me to Jesus as well. Jesus left heaven to live as a servant leader amongst us. Jesus calls us to perfection in love and in behavior – but not from afar – from ground zero. He was tempted in every way yet He was sinless. Jesus calls us to be sinless. Jesus calls us to love our enemies. Jesus calls us to follow His example.

Jesus faced the temptations we face and yet was without sin. Hebrews 4:15 – For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 1 Peter 2:22 – “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

Jesus set the example – He Himself suffered – He Himself was tempted – yet He was without sin. He faced all we face and yet He obeyed His Father at every turn. He faced all the temptations – yet was without sin. He became a human – like us – yet He walked the walk as well as He talked the talk. He set the example – an example we should follow.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.


August 16, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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