The Humility of Christ

Philippians 2:3-8 (ESV)

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 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.

The definition of humility is a modest or low view of one’s own importance.  It can also be an act of lowering oneself in relation to others.  This is not a common characteristic in today’s society.  If unchecked by parents, some children grow up thinking of their own importance and of their ‘entitlement’.  You have teenagers and young adults having this attitude with the expectations that they deserve whatever they want.  I know that changes when they are forced to find work and you need to show what your abilities are and how you can contribute to a company.

Anyway, when I look at this passage, it’s no longer about ‘me’.  Jesus clearly didn’t think about his privilege as he left heaven to come down to earth to dwell among us.  Jesus took the form of a servant, which is another term in Greek for a male slave.    He did whatever he needed to do to be obedient to God.  Jesus is the ultimate example that we can use in our marriage, in our friendships and in all relationships.  The humility of Jesus was real and consistent in his lifestyle.  I think I can be humble for a certain situation, but I find this difficult to always be humble and to look to the interests of others.  Our human nature is to be thinking of our own needs and our own interests.

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