“Incarnation, Attitude, Humility” – 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 emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:5-7)
One thing I love about my Dad is that he has always been extremely intentional with my family. Everything he did with my siblings and I had a purpose. Whether it was making breakfast for us before church, a lesson on attitude during yard work (usually while we were complaining about having to do it), or simply just being present in our lives, he has always been a great example of love and humility to us.
I’ll never forget the time during one our family devotions when he pulled out a bucket of water and a washcloth and began washing all of our feet. I was pretty young, and my siblings were teenagers, so at the time this was more humorous and shocking to us than it was spiritual or meaningful (obviously it was meaningful, though). None of us really understood the weight of what he was trying to show us. I think all of us were thinking about ourselves, and unfortunately, we were all too proud and immature to see the meaning of his actions.
Looking back on that today, I am filled with great appreciation for what he was trying to portray to us in that moment. A servant’s heart. A humble attitude. A sacrificial life given to our family. All characteristics of Christ. Dad was trying to show us a small picture of what Christ did for us, even in the midst of our wicked, childish hearts. Dad shared the Gospel with us even when we failed to acknowledge it. So Dad, if you’re reading this, your efforts did not go in vein.
As we see in Philippians, when Jesus came to earth, he willingly, faithfully, and humbly “emptied himself” for our sake, even in the midst of our sin. Though he was the Son of God and therefore equal with God, he surrendered his rights. “He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross,” and his obedience set us free from sin and death. Christ is the true picture of what it means to be a humble servant.
May Christ’s humble attitude and sacrifice lead us to worship Him more this Christmas season.
During this Christmas season, evaluate how you can be a picture of humility, service, and love to someone else.
What would it look like for you to give someone the gift of service rather than a material gift?
What are some ways you can intentionally share the love of Jesus to someone else?
Tim Reid is Downline’s Director of Media. He is a West Virginia University alum and a dedicated fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates. You can follow Tim on Twitter.