Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion. – Aristotle
But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people. (Psalm 22:26, NKJV)
In this Psalm of David, one of the most enduring of the Messianic Psalms, we have a picture of our example Jesus the Christ (John 13:15 and 1 Peter 2:21).
Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:6-8, NASB)
But I am a worm, and no man. Jesus became a lowly Man to redeem us, to become lowly so the Father can exalt Him (Philippians 2:5-11). The great I AM (Exodus 3:6, 14; John 6:35; 8:12, 58; 10:7, 11, 36; 11:25; 14:6; 15:11; and John 18:5-6) became I am a worm? A worm is lower than a man, and is trampled upon by man in the mud. The Name of Jesus is still being trampled through the mud. How could the Lord of glory be brought to such abasement? Jesus had what can be explained as a double nature. He was at once the King of Kings, the Creator of the universe, and at the very same time a mere man. We also possess two natures when we come to Christ. We are the King’s kids with all the benefits due a child of God (Ephesians 1:3-12) and at the very same time we are to look away from that and become poor in spirit. As the mission of the Christ was fulfilled by becoming a humble man our mission is fulfilled by becoming servants with a humble spirit (Matthew 20:24-28; 23:11-12; Mark 9:35; 10:44; and John 12:26).
Jesus was humbled even beneath men for He became a worm, and more than that, He was no man. As we look at ourselves as man would look upon us, we are to see nothing: we see no man. The Man who was hailed as King just a week before (Matthew 21:1-11) became despised by the same people as they yelled crucify Him (Matthew 27:22)! One day we will truly take our rightful place as ruling with Him in the millennium (2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 5:10; and 20:6). But for now we will be despised and rejected by men (Matthew 5:11; 1 Corinthians 1:28; 4:10).
We need to have perspective as we finish out our walk in this world in which we are just passing through (2 Corinthians 5:7 and Philippians 3:16-17). This is not our home (Philippians 3:20), but we have a mission to fulfill (Matthew 28:19-20 and Matthew 5:13-16). Let us focus on the mission by focusing on the Provider of our spiritual arsenal (Ephesians 6:10-18). Our perspective long-term is that of a King’s kid. Our perspective in the short-term is that of poor in spirit. Walk on saint…walk on.
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as mature, have this in mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind. (Philippians 3:12-16, NKJV)
Read and meditate upon the following passages and pray how to apply them to your life as a servant: Matthew 20:24-28; 23:11-12; Mark 9:35; 10:44; and John 12:26.