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. . . OF NO REPUTATION

. .  . OF NO REPUTATION

Deliberate Choices Jesus Made – 1

. . . OF NO REPUTATION

“Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Phil 2: 6-8

He made Himself nothing; He emptied Himself. This is the quiet wisdom you must learn all the time.

There is a subtle reputation that accrues to a man, once God begins to lift him up for His Church to see. It builds up gradually. It forms an aura around him. It seeks to become his own identity. It ascribes him a status and hence makes him a statue . . . It seeks to place him somewhere in a position high up. People are too eager to pronounce that reputation and sing about it. But that is the subtle pit into which many have fallen and become discarded.

Reputation will surely build up around you — among men and even the brethren, but Jesus deliberately, constantly, repeatedly and promptly made Himself of no reputation. He emptied it out; poured it out as a libation to God. People spoke highly of Him, but mistook Him for another when they saw Him.

He refused to grab the public ovation by walking in obscurity. He avoided large gatherings where His fame could be fanned into flame. He walked unnoticed among men. He did menial things and kept company with ordinary folks. Lazarus was a friend, Zacchaeus was a friend, His disciples were ordinary men too. Children had access to Him; He picked up kids and played and prayed with them.

You must learn wisdom from His lifestyle.

This is the keyword: “He made Himself.” Otherwise, people were eager to crown Him, put Him up there, carry Him shoulder-high and talk highly of Him everywhere. Though legitimately His, He made Himself of no reputation.

Do not misunderstand this! It is normal for people to do these things to you. They will honour you in the way they think best. They will lay down their backs for you to ride upon. They will bow their heads as a sign of honour. They will avoid any insult to your person. You may not, like Jesus, even make any demand for the honour. He never sought honour from men, yet, they sang about Him. But, when they have done all they want, it is your own personal choice and duty to make yourself of no reputation.

May the Lord hep you.

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  1. ODEKUNLE OLUWADAMILARE O. : November 14, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Holy Spirit help me and deal with every traces of self in me in Jesus Name. Amen

  2. Lord help me to avoid self esteem and pride. Amen

  3. Am so blessed by the word…he himself. Meaning it’s my job to make myself of no reputation even if people are saying it. How bless you

  4. Indeed it is a personal choice, it is mine to make.

  5. Nwankwo Christopher Nwankwo : November 19, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Please, Sir, Am lead to join Peace house mission Team

  6. Help me Lord to learn this secret life of yours. Carry me not further in popularity until I learn this Wisdom, to pour out my reputation unto you. Amen.

  7. So true, may God help me

  8. It is one thing for you to make yourself of no reputation, this is within your power, but can you cope when men make you of no reputation?

    • When men make you of no reputation(I believe you mean disregard you or disrespect you), it will hurt, yes it will. But concentrate on God’s love for you by reading and speaking the word and His grace will be sufficient for you. When a man’s ways pleases the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

    • Elijah Aladese : February 4, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      Heart-probing question. It searches the depth of the heart.

      Self has to be totally evacuated

  9. Akaazua Elijah : December 5, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Amen. God must help us to be humble as we follow him. We must also learn to give up some privileges as Christ did in order to be fit in his vineyard. Thank you, brother, for sharing with us.

  10. Kpoughor Rita Nguumbur : December 20, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Ameen! Hmmm! “HE MADE HIMSELF NOTHING. HE EMPTIED HIMSELF” Those statements are very touching. As I’m looking at them, I discover that for me to become something in this life, I must empty myself. Bcos I’m seeing that: if u want to put something in a bottle and d bottle is having things inside, u have to empty that bottle b4 something else will enter into it.
    That is what must happen if u want to receive anything 4rm d Lord. U have to empty ur life in order to be filled by d master Jesus. Lord help me

  11. My instant change of heart to following Christ after MLR 2017 has cast out the pride of life from me

  12. Hmmmmmm, I am so far away from becoming like Jesus, Father cause me to so become.

  13. justice ortil : January 4, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    anytime i see jesus in His word, the tendency of becoming like Him become more eminent

  14. justice ortil : January 4, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    i have a question. If you are good in your handwork and people are singing your praise, it is good for publicity so now do i have to discourage or encourage them or keep pointing them to jesus the maker

  15. Abraham Tukura : January 5, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Lord station my heart where no reputation will hold station on me.I chose to stay with the lowly where my master Jesus stayed.

  16. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 1 John 2:6
    Help us Lord to do it as you showed us!

  17. Joshua Mamman : January 16, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Lord, help me to cultivate the heart that is in Jesus and be like Him.

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