Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
Phillipians 2:5-7 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
2 Corinthians 10-13
Phillipians 2:5-7 (NIV) 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
Phillipians 2:5-7 (NLT) 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form,
Phillipians 2:5-7 (NASB) 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, andbeing made in the likeness of men.
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the supreme example of meekness and as believers we should daily have in our mind and heart his example. He should be our model in our walk as believers here on earth. Paul clearly shares and admonishes the Christians of the city of Philippi the kind of attitude they should have in their conduct toward others. I invite you to reflect this morning on this question, What can I learn from the example of meekness that our Savior possesses? It is important to know this, since we are called to follow in his footsteps, “6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.. (1 John 2: 6)
In meditating on this the Holy Spirit ministered to me on the humility that Jesus possessed was one in which He was willing to sacrifice everything. Jesus teaches us in this text that He, “6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,” (v.6). What a tremendous reality to think that when in the history of mankind the world was sunk and lost with a need for a Savior, Jesus did not cling to his position of being God, but was willing to leave his place in glory for Come to this world to die for us. What deep humility! Leave your position so high to take such a low position between us.
What a lesson for us this morning of how we must be willing to sacrifice for the well being of others. We shouldn’t always desire the first places, the most comfortable or the most pleasant ones. In occasions it will take us to yield to a place of lowliness and humility for the well being of others. Will we be willing to do that? I believe that these situations will come to all of us in life, where the Lord desires to see us follow in his footsteps in a manner where we can demonstrate a genuine and sacrificial humility. When we find ourselves in these situations let’s not forget that he took the form of a servant. Lastly remembering the description of Prophet Isaiah of how he was, “He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. (Isaiah 53:3)
Let us pray this morning so that the Holy Spirit can help us produce the fruit of meekness and grace in our daily lives to become ever more like Him. May our prayer always be that we can demonstrate to God, as to others a sacrificial humility . Let us remember that for God there is nothing impossible! He can produce this humility in us, without only surrendering to Him, and giving Him up completely our will to do His work in us. Amen.
John 1:14 (NKJV) 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Matthew 11:29 (NKJV) 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
2 corinthians 8:9 (NKJV) 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
Matthew 20:28 (NKJV) 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
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