Imitating the Humility of Christ

Philippians 2:1-11 (NASB): Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

In your daily walk with God, do you strive to been seen and noticed, or do you take great joy in working behind the scenes, quietly going about the tasks God has given you? Our worldly culture certainly elevates those who strive to be noticed. People are enamored with “celebrity” and really anyone who seeks to gain attention. The loudest and most boastful, tend to be given more attention.  And to be perfectly honest, that is the type of person most people aspire to be like or at least admire.

Christ set a different example for his followers to emulate. Christ, the ultimate example of humility, calls his followers to “value others” above ourselves. We are called to be loving, compassionate, and caring towards others. A follower of Christ does not think more highly of him/her self and always strives to put the needs of others first. This means not only considering the needs of others in your family or church, but also the needs of complete strangers that you happen to meet. Christ followers should consider everyone as being a child of God and a creation of God.  

Christ certainly set the ultimate example of humble obedience for us when He gave his life for our sins on the cross. And because Christ died for the sins of the entire world, “God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name.”  

There are many in the world today that do not know the name of Jesus or have completely rejected the name of Jesus. Our duty as followers of Christ is to not be ashamed to speak the wonderful name of Jesus to those who do not believe, out of our love and compassion for our fellow man. God’s desire is that every person on the face of the earth would praise the wonderful name of Jesus and acknowledge Him as Lord. The name of “Jesus”, what a wonderful and powerful name!

 

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