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. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
More About Philippians 2:5-11
Written by Melanie Davis Porter (First 5 Ministries)
Philippians 2:5-11 lays out the perfect model of Jesus’ humility.
- His sacrifice. He died a brutal death so that we could live. If we’re truly to have the mind of Jesus, how can we imitate His sacrifice in our relationships, finances or freedoms?
- His humble position as a servant. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus served people. He washed feet, taught and fed people, healed the sick, and raised people from the dead. Jesus was always busy serving others. (John 13:5; Matthew 5:1-2; Matthew 9:35; Matthew 14:13-21; John 11:38-44) Do we seek to be served, or do we desire to serve others?
- His submission. Jesus’ submission led Him to die on Calvary’s cross. (Philippians 2:8) How submissive are we willing to be in our relationships with spouses, family, friends or authority?
- His suffering. Jesus suffered emotionally and physically for us. (John 19:25-27; 1 Peter 4:1; Matthew 26:31-35; Hebrews 4:15; Luke 22:42) The Christian life is not easy; we’re going to suffer if we follow Christ. How willing are we to suffer for the Kingdom and for others?
It’s a beautiful thing when selfless love triumphs over ego and immaturity. I imagine the Father smiles when we forgo our wants and needs for another.
Prayer: Father, thank You for sending Jesus to be our Savior. Thank You, Jesus, for providing a real example of humility and selfless love. Please help us to think like You and live in ways that model Your humility. Please give us a desire to put others before ourselves. We praise You for the gift of peace and eternal life! In Jesus’ name, amen.
Journal Prompt: Do you think, like Jesus, in ways that propel action and love for others? Are there areas in life that you struggle with being selfless?