8 March 2020
 
The ICMDA logo: Self-giving
 
Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 1 John 3: 16
 
Our logo goes even further than reminding us to be humble. It speaks of loss as well as lowliness, of a willingness to die to worldly ambition, to put a cross through our capital ‘I’ and to know the fellowship of Christ’s suffering. (Philippians 3: 10–11) This can mean death to fame and prestige. Many believers, working for oppressive regimes, may deliberately be given remote and difficult postings, or still harsher forms of persecution. Others, who have volunteered for missionary service, will find that the going gets tough, whilst old classmates write of their more comfortable or prestigious lives.
 
Yet the cross of Christ led on to his resurrection and ascension, and to our salvation. He has given to his followers the transforming power of his Spirit, whose first fruit is love. (Galatians 5: 22) Whatever the workplace, any service or suffering willingly undertaken for him, out of love, renews fellowship with him and transfers energy from his Spirit to ours. Like Paul, we learn to count as worthless other
possibilities, if not in his will for us. (Philippians 3: 7)
 
Our goal should not be to carve out great careers for ourselves, but to let him change us into his likeness. (2 Corinthians 3: 18) As with all sculpture, anything spoiling the artist’s intention has to go. God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. (1 Peter 5: 5) Those who humbly endure to the end, even in painful circumstances, may miss out on earth’s merit awards, but receive instead heaven’s crowns. Then, in unending worship, they will put these at his feet. (Revelation 2: 10; 4: 10–11)
 
Prayer: Lord Jesus, please help me to make your goals my goals, whatever the cost involved, and in all things to seek to be like you, to your glory. Amen.
 
Read: Philippians 3: 1–11.
 
JGo