Friday, May 29, 2020

The Beautiful Example of Jesus' Humility

By: Sarah Geringer 

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus...
Philippians 2:5 NIV

Humility speaks volumes in a self-centered world. When we choose humility, we shine the light of Jesus into the darkness of selfishness.

We need more humility in our world, and Jesus is our ideal example to follow.

Let's look closely at this famous passage in Philippians 2:3-11, line by line.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves (vs. 3)

To grow in humility, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any areas of sinful conceit or ambition in your heart. Ask him to help you value others more than you value your own opinions.

not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (vs. 4)

Every day, ask God to show you practical ways to put others' interests ahead of your own. For most of us, this will happen in our families and workplaces. But it can also extend to other areas like driving, shopping, and church.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: (vs. 5)

Humility requires a different mindset, a different way of looking at the world. We can't be humble on our own power. We must ask Jesus to help us think like he does and view the world through his eyes.

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; (vs. 6)

Jesus had every right to use his advantage as the Son of God while he was here on earth. You may have advantages too, which you feel you have earned. Yet if we want to be most like Jesus, we'll do what he did as explained in the next verse.

rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness. (vs. 7)

The One who created all things, distinct and separate from creation, chose to become part of his creation. He went even further, taking the lowest servant position while washing his disciples' feet (see John 13). Through his example, we learn that no job is too low for us to do, if we are doing it to glorify his name.

And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross! (vs. 8)

Jesus' humility cost him everything in an earthly sense. He was so devoted to following the Father's plan to redeem humanity that he chose a shameful, painful death. When you follow the example of Jesus' humility, you may also be subject to mistreatment and pain. But there is hope...

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father. (vss. 9-11)

Jesus considered his sufferings of humility a small price to pay so that we will worship him as he really is, as described in these verses. He did this all so we could have a loving relationship with him throughout eternity. If you commit to living a humble life and having the mindset of Jesus, your rewards in heaven are more than you can possibly imagine (Matt. 19:29). Also, you have the blessing of peace now that comes with walking in God's will for your life.

You have a choice. Will you follow Jesus' beautiful example of humility? Humility will transform you into the best version of yourself and bless many others. Will it cost you? Yes, it will. But will it be worth it? I'm certain you'll say humility is worth the price as you experience peace now and in heaven for following God's will.

Questions for you:

How does Jesus' example inspire you in your own life?

In which life situation can you show more humility?

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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