“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:5-7)
Jesus made an amazing decision. He left behind His glorious form to experience the form of a servant. He became a man serving His Father. He emptied Himself of His glory, but we have a tendency to resist having the same attitude. Is there a secret to emptying ourselves as Christ did?
“Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:8)
The apostle Paul wanted the Philippians to “….., make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. (How can we as our Father’s children do this?) Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves, (Wow!) do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also the interests of others. (Philippians 2:2-4)
It is God’s kindness, tolerance and patience that leads us to repent of our selfishness and conceit. (Romans 2:4) To obey requires humility. Without obedience joy is elusive, and love grows cold departing from God’s purpose in our lives.
“He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
Father, thank You for sending the Holy Spirit who conforms us into the likeness of your Son, Jesus. Without Your kindness, tolerance and patience we would never learn Your ways. Remind and encourage us daily so that we do not stray from Your good and perfect will, we humbly pray.