Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
And being found in human form, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5-11
Throughout my different employments, and my time at a military college, I have held some authority and leadership. There were some frustrating moments where someone of lesser rank would correct me. I would think, “Who are you? And, more importantly, do you know who I am?” There is something about holding a certain position or title that makes us puff out our chests.
The reality is no one on this earth holds the highest title. Everyone has someone they answer to. Now, when it comes to Jesus, we have all sorts of titles/names for Him. We call Him: Friend, Savior, Provider, Healer, Father, Emmanuel, just to name a few. The one we typically do not associate with Him is human. When Jesus walked on the earth He was completely human, and completely God, at the same time. We watch the show “Undercover Boss” and think it is so humbling for the CEO of a company to return to the demands of a store employee. But how much more humbling is it for God to become a human?
Jesus gets us. He gets us because He was willing to give up His equality with God and experience all we do. Jesus had to face temptation (Matthew 4), Jesus had to deal with hunger and thirst (John 4), Jesus had to sleep (Mark 4), and Jesus wept over the loss of His friend (John 11). We can see how human Jesus was, yet, Jesus also reveals Himself as the Savior through His healings, His wisdom, and ultimately, His resurrection from death.
The message of humility here is pretty straight forward; you can always display more of it. Jesus lived out humility by not making Himself less, but by making more of God. Every single action and word from Jesus was to reveal God’s character. The people who witnessed Jesus’ humility were able to witness God in the flesh. Jesus never wanted fame and publicity for His actions. Jesus wanted to point people to His father.
We tend to equate humility with being weak, but Paul’s words affirm that humility comes from the strongest of people. Jesus has a name that is above every other name because everything He did pointed back to God. The world does not operate in this way; the way to a “better name” comes with accomplishment and fame that points to the individual.
Jesus changed the fame game and made His life all about pointing to God. We display humility by taking a similar approach: pointing our lives to God. Our call is to live in such a way we reflect Jesus to the world around us. We begin to adopt a life of humility because we come to know Jesus more. Our titles and positions in this world gives us a chance to reach the people God has in our lives, but they should not define who we are. We are defined by Jesus. We live in humility through the power of His Spirit working in us.
In what situation you’re facing do you need to display humility?
When you feel the temptation to give into pride, remember the humility demonstrated by Jesus. Allow His spirit to bring you back to humility!
Father, thank you for setting such an incredible example of humility. It is difficult to imagine You would empty Yourself so that I could experience a life of freedom. I pray to use it as motivation to embrace a life of humility as You would. Let others see Your humility in my life. I love You Father, and I pray these things in Your holy name, Amen.
PC3 writer Davy Nance wrote today’s devotional.