Called to compromise.
Acts 21:26 “The next day Paul took the men and purified himself along with them. Then he went to the temple to give notice of the date when the days of purification would end and the offering would be made for each of them.”
The Son of God became a baby though he is a king.
The Son of God took an ordinary name though he has the name above all names.
The Son of God wrapped a towel around his waist and became a servant though one day every knee will bow.
The Son of God became obedient to death on a criminals low-life cross even though he sits on an eternal throne.
Jesus compromised his position for God so loved the world …
The Apostle Paul went through a purification ceremony and he sponsored 4 men to enter a Nazirite vow. The men would fast from wine and grapes, they would not cut their hair and they would not go near anything dead. The vow could last a lifetime for some. Paul went to the temple and announced how long the vow would last and then a sacrificial animal offering was made to God as an act of thanksgiving, worship and cleansing.
Some are shocked, the Apostle Paul?! After all he has said about there being no need for such activity now that Jesus has come and here he is acting as a hypocrite!
Paul compromised his position to save a situation because of his love for the Jews.
Paul would say “To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law.” (! Corinthians 9:20)
We live in a world of hierarchy, of positions of importance and I speak of within the Church.
Those with the biggest titles have the hardest task to compromise their position in order to save and demonstrate their love.
‘Come down’ is the call of the Spirit. It is down where Jesus is and where Paul learnt to live.
There is no adulation in this place. This place is painful, it is sacrificial, it is very risky and you know people will talk about you. But they do not know your motives, they never know why, only a few know this, that you have come down because you love.