2 So does belonging to Christ help you in any way? Does his love comfort you at all? Do you share anything in common because of the Holy Spirit? Has Christ ever been gentle and loving toward you? 2 If any of these things has happened to you, then agree with one another. Have the same love. Be one in spirit and in the way you think and act. By doing this, you will make my joy complete. 3 Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead, be humble. Value others more than yourselves. 4 None of you should look out just for your own good. Each of you should also look out for the good of others. 5 As you deal with one another, you should think and act as Jesus did. 6 In his very nature he was God. Jesus was equal with God. But Jesus didn’t take advantage of that fact. 7 Instead, he made himself nothing. He did this by taking on the nature of a servant. He was made just like human beings. 8 He appeared as a man. He was humble and obeyed God completely. He did this even though it led to his death. Even worse, he died on a cross! 9 So God lifted him up to the highest place. God gave him the name that is above every name. 10 When the name of Jesus is spoken, everyone will kneel down to worship him. Everyone in heaven and on earth and under the earth will kneel down to worship him. 11 Everyone’s mouth will say that Jesus Christ is Lord. And God the Father will receive the glory.
I love this passage. It so clearly says that Jesus is God (not just equal standing with him but one and the same) but also in complete submission to him; that he has all power, but he also put all that power aside to become a person just like me, with all my frailties and insecurities; that he has the highest position possible and took on the lowest position imaginable, even dying the most humiliating horrible death.
I can’t begin to understand how he did it. All I really need to understand is that he did it, and that he did all this because he loves me (and you) so much.
Now comes the hard bit: I need to copy him.
I need to think like him (and if we can all do that we will all be of one mind). I need to love my fellow believers so much I make them more important than me. I need to be the servant rather than the master; the one who encourages and builds up not the one who tears down; the one who is humble, not the one who is proud; the one who gives myself, not the one who takes what I want.
And since Jesus did all that for me before I was a believer, I need to love and give myself for people who aren’t believers yet too. And since Jesus did all this for people who hated him and might never believe in him, I need to love and give myself for people who hate me or him too.
Thank you Jesus that you did far more for me than I could ever do for you; or than I could ever do for anyone else. Change me to think like you; love like you; give myself like you.
Written by David Cornell