It was the pinnacle of his career asÂ an astronaut. Chris Hadfield hadÂ been selected as the first Canadian toÂ be commander of the InternationalÂ Space Station (ISS). After watchingÂ the moon landing as a boy of nine, heÂ had one focus – to be an astronaut. HeÂ worked hard to get there, becoming anÂ engineer, a fighter pilot and a test pilotÂ before reaching his goal.
As commander of the ISS, HadfieldÂ was ultimately responsible for theÂ safety of the crew and spacecraft.Â Thousands followed him on Twitter,Â enthralled by his experiences, whichÂ most could only dream about. His wasÂ a job few in the world are experiencedÂ to do. The temptation to feel superiorÂ would be great, yet while feeling proudÂ of his accomplishments, his humility isÂ impressive. He recalls one time spendingÂ three hours on the ISS taking apartÂ the toilet which had malfunctioned.Â Commander, yet plumber. He constantlyÂ put the needs of others aboveÂ his own, like a true leader. His willingnessÂ to do menial tasks along the wayÂ contributed to his success.
Jesus Christ, the one by whom allÂ things were created (Colossians 1:16)Â and who upholds â€œall things by the wordÂ of His powerâ€ (Hebrews 1:3), humbledÂ Himself and came to the earth He hadÂ created. He â€œmade Himself of no reputationâ€,Â took on Himself the form of aÂ man and â€œbecame obedient to the pointÂ of death, even the death of the crossâ€Â (Philippians 2: 7-8). He was our onlyÂ hope of salvation. He did not think itÂ beneath Him to come and be amongÂ those He had created, even be rejectedÂ by them (John 1:11). He knew thereÂ was no other way we could be saved.
The greatest example of humility ledÂ to the greatest promotion. God raisedÂ Jesus Christ from the dead, â€œhas highlyÂ exalted Him and given Him the nameÂ which is above every name, that at theÂ name of Jesus every knee should bow, ofÂ those in Heaven, and of those on earth,Â and of those under the earth, and thatÂ every tongue should confess that JesusÂ Christ is Lordâ€ (Philippians 2:9-11).Â Whether you want a relationship withÂ Jesus Christ or not, you will bow toÂ Him someday, acknowledging Him toÂ be who He really is. Will you acknowledgeÂ Him out of love and gratitude toÂ Him as your Lord and Saviour, or outÂ of fear of Him as your judge?
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