Philippians 2:5-8 (NIV)
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
Our Christ is amazing, isn’t he? As our God in human form, he demonstrates for us through word and deed the will of our heavenly father for all of time. He was a son who did not consider himself equal to his father yet at the same time was the very nature of the Father, a lover of creation and of all his people, and a humble servant who knew his own power – but held it back so that his father’s desire was completed. Powerful yet humble, obedient yet creative, selfless and disciplined, Jesus was God and at the same time man, the son of God dedicated to a purpose that he did not create.
God asks us to be and to do the same in our relationships; to put others’ needs above our own, to sacrifice all that we have for the less fortunate, and to remember to whom we belong. God asks us to lower ourselves and to become equal with those whom we believe are beneath us – to bring about less us and more them, less us and more Him.
But all of this is difficult, isn’t it? Trying to be as humble as Christ? I mean, he is God in the flesh and we are flawed human beings prone to sin. But aren’t we are still to make an effort? Will you attempt with me this week to be powerful yet humble, obedient yet creative, selfless and disciplined? I know we can, so let us now begin, and in all ways, let us be humble like Christ!