With the release of their newest album, Sing Noël, Point of Grace wanted to spend a few minutes – through music and devotions – reminding us to remember WHO the Christmas season is all about. We hope you love their devotional words as you begin to get into the Christmas spirit.
“See Amid the Winter’s Snow”
Any time we are making a new record, it’s always fun to do an older song and put a new spin on it. I always love introducing people to lyrics they may not have heard before. The song “See, Amid the Winter’s Snow,” was written in the 1800’s, but our drummer actually rewrote the music and played it for us one day while we were in the middle of discussing potential songs for our new Christmas album. We ended up loving it and it made the record. I think my take away from this song is the verse that speaks of the humility of Christ.
“Teach, oh teach us Holy Child,
by Thy Grace so meek and mild.
Teach us to resemble Thee,
In Thy sweet humility.”
Christ was the ultimate picture of humility, and for us to be able to mimic even a fraction more of it every day would do our hearts some good.
In Philippians 2:5-8, Paul writes, “…Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited. Instead he emptied himself
by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity. And when he had come as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death — even to death on a cross.”
In layman’s terms, this verse seems to be telling us that Christ had every reason to be conceited. He existed in the form of God and was the promised Son of God! It would be impossible for anyone to top that, right? But yet, he became “one of us,” albeit, a perfect “one of us.”
He gave the ultimate example of humility – the final exclamation point to his 33 years of teaching the people about the “upside down” kingdom of God. The Son of God takes the sin of humanity upon himself – nothing else would balance the justice scales.
So, now what? We are called to model his humility here on Earth. “Teach us to resemble thee, in thy sweet humility.” Has there ever, in the entire course of history, been a harder time to be “sweetly humble?” We live in what is called the “selfie” age – let’s think about us, how we can be better, prettier, richer, whatever… then let’s make sure evvvvvvverybody knows about it! And it’s easy – just push “post,” or “send,” or “publish!” Nothing meek, mild, or humble about any of it, but it happens millions, probably billions, of times a day. And like the Bible tells us time and time again, it all comes back to the motives of our heart. Social media is just one example, and there are countless others of things we can check in our own lives and hearts to see if they are mimicking the humility of Christ. Is what we are doing, saying, (or posting!) helping others to flourish, as Christ helped us to flourish? Or is it lifting our own imaginary throne a bit higher? It’s something to ponder…
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves.” Phillipians 2:3
As this Christmas rolls around, I want to be on my knees, begging God to teach me His ways of humility – how I can best resemble Him – through the perfect gift of the Holy Spirit that I have already received.
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