Christ Came To Show Humility, As Should We – July 7, 2015
Philippians 2:1, So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Yesterday, we started looking at the book of Philippians. We read how Paul was encouraging the believers in Philippi to continue to show love towards one another and how they should have the same mind, the mind of Christ.
Today, we see what Paul says about humility. He writes in Philippians 2:3, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” I am sure you know someone who wants everything to be about himself. These people want all the attention and want to be praised for things they have done. This is exactly what Paul is saying NOT to do. When we lay aside our own interests and start to think of others, we begin to have the same mind of Christ, which is what we saw yesterday. This does not mean that we need to put ourselves down, but we should not seek to exalt ourselves. Christ did not come to exalt Himself but to show humility. If we humble ourselves, and choose to serve rather than be served, then we will be more like Christ.
Think about this, and have a blessed week.