A couple of thousand years ago God became flesh and walked among us. Why did He do that? Why did God decide to take on the limitations of being human and grow, live, develop friendships, speak out against injustice, heal people, feed people, and finally die a painful death at the very hands of people who were His creation? How better to fully identify with us than to become one of us. Here is God and we can know Him as we do any other person. He has feelings, He laughs, He cries, He feels pain and knows how we feel.
“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. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:5-8 NIV
“Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews 2:18 NIV
Thus the incarnational principle. God was our example. He came, lived, and died among us. If we are to effectively impact the world for Christ we must go and relate person to person with others. It’s hard to give someone a hug over facebook or really connect in a meaningful way just using social media. You need to be able to look them in the eye, touch them, and be present with them.
Pray for us as we travel in the month of July to Asia and try and live out the incarnational principle.