4th Case Study in Philippians 2:5-11 – Having the Same Mindset of Jesus

“In your relationships with one another,

have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,

did not consider equality with God

something to be used to his own advantage;

rather, he made himself nothing

by taking the very nature of a servant,

being made in human likeness.

And being found in appearance as a man,

he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—

even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him

to the highest place and gave him the name

that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus

every knee should bow, in heaven

and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.”

(Philippians 2:5-11)

Pride is a sneaky thing. It gives us confidence over our insecurities. It also lies to us falsely getting us to believe we do not need anyone’s help.

We are taught pride is a strong asset to have in one’s personality. While it is not inherently negative it does require healthy boundaries. Pride can take over before we realize it.

We learn from Jesus how to be secure in one’s self and pursue humility. The text above gives us examples of how to serve one another humbly, not for our glory but for God’s alone.

Jesus became human, susceptible to sin but was without sin. He did so because He loves us and willingly died and rose from the grave so that we may spend eternity with Him in Heaven. He humbly served and was obedient to the Father in Heaven.

His selfless act teaches us to put others first and serve them wholeheartedly. He gave up Heaven for you, for me, for every man, woman and child. We follow in His footsteps by loving the person in front of us and serve him/her as the Holy Spirit guides.

We do so pursuing humility. We are fallen people prone to sin. We will not be perfect like Jesus. But we can continue to grow and become more like Him. There is so much we don’t know; so much we will learn. We pursue humility as we serve others. We pursue humility to not become prideful.

Being humble looks like putting another’s need ahead of our own wants.

Being humble is not putting ourselves down but thinking about ourselves less.

Being humble is following the Holy Spirit not for our glory but for God’s alone.

We can seek to have the same mindset as Jesus. Each day we can pray to have God’s Will be done. To see others as God sees them, dearly loved. To serve without need for recognition.

We will be out of our comfort zone, stretched by the Holy Spirit as we are being transformed to be more like Jesus. God will call us to love those we disagree with philosophically. For those times we struggle to love let us pray for eyes to see as God sees, to love as God loves. As we do we will have the same mindset of Jesus Christ.

This Week’s Challenge

As you go about your week seek someone who has a different lifestyle or worldview from you or is knowledgeable in an area you or not. Spend intentional time with one another learn from one another. Discover what you didn’t know what you didn’t know.

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