Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. [NASB1995®]
Speaking of putting others above ourselves, Paul offers us one of the most beautiful descriptions of who Jesus is and what He did.
The One who created everything became a servant, a slave to be more exact. He came to serve us, and He left us an example of humility and obedience, an example of wanting to do what pleases the Father.
What can we say before that image? That is the incomprehensibility of the Gospel… The Creator of the Universe, the One who sustains everything was born in a manger, suffered as men struck and spat on Him, and died hanging on a cross so that we, who were really slaves, could be free. The world sees this as madness, but we look upon the cross and see only the most unimaginable beauty.
This is the example that Jesus set for us. Serve, be humble, love, serve, and continue to serve. There is no greater joy than this: being worthy to serve Christ.
Meditate: It is my prayer to always be able to remember the example of humility and obedience to Jesus, so that my heart, naturally inclined to pride and selfishness, may be washed anew in that humility. May the Lord help us! God bless you!
Scripture quotation taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Translation By: Emily Stader