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. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming 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 acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
What an example of humility. Talk about setting the bar high! Or should I say low. How low can you go? That should be our real measure. Strive to be the servant of all. The least shall be the greatest. Jesus did this perfectly for us in giving up His place in heaven and taking on human flesh. Emmanuel, God with us. Jesus showed us what sacrificial love looks like, what humility really is.
- Do you value others above yourself?
- Do you look out for the interests of others and not your own?
In order to answer these questions, let’s ask a few others that get at the heart of the matter.
- If I looked at your calendar, how you spent your day, what would it tell me?
- If I watched you drive to work today or walk down a busy sidewalk, what impression would I get about you?
- How about if I looked at your checkbook and credit card statement, what would they tell me?
- How would your spouse or children answer these questions about you?
We are to have the same mindset as Christ Jesus as we relate to others. Lord, help me to think as you think as I go about my day and interact with others. Help me to serve others instead of serving myself. Help me to lift others up instead of lifting myself up. Help me to be more like you today. In the name of Jesus. Amen