Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (Phil. 2: 5-8)
As we consider the example set by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we renew our desire to be like Him. We must allow the call to Humility, Obedience, Sacrifice, and Servanthood to thrust upward through the fertile ground of faith; settle gently in the furrows of our willing hearts and strengthen our resolve and commitment. For surely, if our Lord could give up equality with God, humble himself to be fashioned in the likeness of man to be tempted, tried and humiliated—Should we not be able to practice enough humility to consider one another’s feelings, get rid of egomania and work together for the good of the whole?
If our Lord could relinquish or sacrifice all the riches and glories of heaven, descend and live as a pauper (Matt. 8:20) and sacrifice even his own life that we may know the Heavenly way—Can we not sacrifice part of our time, finances and energies for the furtherance of the gospel?
If our Lord, co-maker, ruler, sovereign of the universe could lay down His power and majesty to become the lowliest of servants to man (Matt. 20: 20-28 & John 13: 1-14) – Can we not divest ourselves of high-minded attitudes and vain pursuits and simply serve Him by serving one another in obedience to His will and His word?
As we go forth in time may God bless us to heed the call of humility, obedience, sacrifice, and servanthood.
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.
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