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Philippians 2:5-8 KJV
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
Can we have the mind of Christ? Can we be like God? Of course not! But, this does not mean we can not have some of the habits (both intentionally and by nature) that Jesus exhibited and taught in his time on Earth.
We look at some of the traits He exhibited. First, He did not (except when teaching serious doctrine) exhibit character traits of superiority. He showed a spirit of charity and love to everyone. He was a man in the perfected sense, being all that we should be. “…made himself of no reputation…”
Second, His model was one of a servant, serving men’s spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical needs. He prayed openly for people, situations, and issues. He comforted the sad and grieving. He explained true to the wise. He healed sick and broken bodies.
Third, He was an humble servant, and in being so, He did much to remove the human emotion feeling embarrassed or distressed at the need for help.
Finally, He was obedient to His Father, never loosing focus on the very abhorrent task He came to accomplish.
We can learn many lessons here, about love and servitude.
1. Loving all in all situations = good attitude is contagious
2. Being a servant (immediately and cheerfully) in anyway we can = be it a glass of water or a serious life-changing event
3. Try to be a “good” servant, as invisible as we can be = I picture here a great waiter or waitress, you just look at your glass and it is filled but you never saw the event
4. Service in the Church / mission is often not glamorous, but is what the Father expects of us!
Let us all pledge to be humble, obedient servants.