Your attitude should be the same as 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. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross! (Phil. 2: 5-8)
The prince looked up from these few lines
With troubled eyes and frowning face.
He lived in splendor; he’d not choose
To lose his wealth and rank and place.
Wasn’t his father a mighty king?
Wasn’t he born to lead and reign?
Who would give up a life of glory
For one of poverty and pain?
The prince saw his beloved brother;
Thought, “I’d do much to save that man.
But would I suffer death for him,
Even were it my Father’s plan?
“Would I let them torture me
And not cry out for justice true?
How could I die for my brother’s sin?
How could my Father ask me to?
“And if he asked, would I obey
And give up all that’s fine and good?
Become a servant, work and sweat
For a humble hut and scraps of food?
“Could I, so used to reverence,
Accept the disrespect and jeers
Of the very ones I came to help –
Would I not melt with bitter tears?
“And could I face it, all alone,
That greatest sacrifice – the cross;
Not for my own crimes to atone,
But keep my brother’s soul from loss?
“Oh Christ, that I could emulate
Your selfless, humble act of grace.
Oh Prince of Peace, give me your strength
Help me my selfishness erase.
“Your will I seek; help me to hear,
And hearing, help me to obey;
Not thinking of my own desires
But choosing yours to guide my way.
“And Savior, keep me from despair
When I shall stumble – even fall.
Please keep these eyes still fixed on you,
My sure example, Prince of all.”
The young man’s prayer was answered in
The instant that his heart he gave.
He bent his knees a prince of men;
He rose again as Jesus’ slave.