Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (NKJV)
I'm not sure why, but the above passage and the personal application of the passage have been on my mind a lot the past few days. I don't think I've been terribly prideful, but then again, maybe God wants me to take a closer look at some areas of my life that I haven't let Him completely have yet. So, maybe I have. That's how God usually works, isn't it? He starts picking at us with a verse in a bible study or our daily reading, a comment by a friend, or a phrase from a sermon that was meant "just for us". Finally we start paying attention. My recent musings on humility leading me to this passage started as a result of a phone conversation with a friend. A day later, I was led to the passage above in my CBS Bible Study homework. Then, I later read the passage on a blog I regularly read. Now, you, dear readers, are going to hear about it. :)
We can't compare ourselves to others to determine how well we "stand" with God. We need to compare ourselves with Jesus. In the passage of Philippians 2:5-8, we see Paul elaborate on the humility of Jesus. Do any of us compare with His humility? Jesus came to earth as a man, giving up His throne in heaven, giving up his spiritual body for the limitations of a physical one. If that wasn't enough, our God was a servant-leader and ultimately allowed Himself to suffer the humiliation of a being crucified for the sins of the world. Friends, that is humility, is it not? Paul says to "Let this mind be in you..." (Phil 2:5). Do you have it - the mind of a humble servant, doing all for God's glory and not your own? Are you willing to surrender every thought, action and area of your life to God?
David knew his place in this world as he prays in the Psalms:
LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. (Psalm 39:4)
Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. (Psalm 39:5)
As I ponder these verses in psalms and really think about the nature and character of God, I am humbled. I do want to have the kind of humility that Jesus had. I suppose God will have to take care of it. Being humble requires a lot of strength.
Heavenly Father, please forgive us for thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought to think. Forgive us for wanting to have our own way instead of following Your ways completely. As David penned in the Psalms, show us the depths of our frailty and the limits of our humanity. Give us soften hearts to allow Your words to change us. Make us weak so we can use Your strength. Amen.