Philippians 2:5-7 "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 made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men."
This verse blows my mind. It is such a beautiful reminder that when I feel as if I am something great, or big, or I have such profound ideas that everyone should stand and take note, I need to take serious inventory of my life and my attitude. You just can't ignore the truth and example of this short passage. If Jesus Christ himself, humbled Hisself in this way, how much more should we humble ourselves?
Let me ask you a few questions.
- Is there something that you are trying to control that isn't yours to control
- Do you feel as if "your rights" have been violated and you deserve better?
- What is your relationship with your boss? Is it one of humility?
- What is your relationship with your former spouse and/or your child's father or mother?
- Do you struggle with deep rooted tension because you believe that you deserve more in life?
There is not one who "deserved" more than Jesus Christ. Yet He humbled Himself even to the point of death, death on the cross. More than likely, we will never be asked to suffer as Christ suffered, but God is asking us to live humbly. Christ is the extreme example to us of humility and one that we are to follow. This is TRUE humility, not misguided humility. Misguided humility is thinking less of yourself and that is not humility. If fact, that is a slap to God's face because He is the one who created you as you are. It's not thinking less about yourself, as C.S. Lewis said, "Humility is thinking about yourself less."