This is my second Sunday Scripture post, following after Amy. Please check out her scripture as well!
I started this post a couple of hours ago, and a lot has changed since then. Sometimes it seems like the walls are falling down around me, but God brought me back to this. It is found in Philippians, and the lead in to these verses is Imitating Christ’s Humility. Verfses 2 and 3 are my favorite, but I’ll lead you in with verse 1. So Philippians 2:1-3 says this.
1. If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
To be humble means that we are conscious of our weaknesses and are quick to give credit to God and others for what we accomplish. We are dependent on God, we NEED God, because we are sinful by nature, and we can do nothing without the help of God. And sometimes other people can help us when they are humble. The bible has a God-centered view, and we need to have that view also.
Ok, I have to go on and finish this. Philippians 2:4-11Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
So let’s dissect that a little, because it is so good. Jesus is our example, and we should put others first. That’s what He did for us, isn’t it? Our attitude should be the same. Jesus was so humble that He left glory in heaven and made himself nothing, a servant, and was obedient to death for the sake of others. For the sake of us, you and me. He was made fully human, and had all the humanly temptations that we have, yet remained sinless. He humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross! For you and me. He came to serve us, and He came to sacrifice for us. I know I need to be more Christ like, and adjust my attitude to put others first, and be humble to the point of a servant. I pray that God will lead me in this journey, and show me the way.