“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
~ Philippians 2:4-11 (ESV)
God in Christ did the unthinkable, what sinful human nature refuses to do–to throw aside status or power, and descend to the lowest possible position. God, the Creator of the Universe, worthy of all things and all devotion, took on human flesh (a condescension in and of itself), but not only that, as a human, He lived as a slave, to meet the needs of others.
Are you looking to be a servant? Is that even on your radar? Or are you thinking in terms of power, or success, or privilege? Those things aren’t bad in themselves, but when we expect them to be God for us, they will inevitably disappoint us–bitterly.
Questions for Reflection
- What’s one practical thing you can do this week to serve someone?
- Would you describe yourself as a humble person? If not, what needs to change?
- What’s your initial reaction to Jesus’ humility? Does it move you? Freak you out? Mess with your beliefs about God?
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