Philippians 2:1–11 (ESV)
Christ’s Example of Humility
2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love,
being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own
interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God,
did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled
himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name
of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Today’s readings bring about an attitude adjustment. We are wired to be self-seeking and to look out for #1 (ourselves). Paul tells us that we are to make ourselves #
2, or maybe even #3 or #4. Paul tells us to put others ahead of ourselves. “3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” The text
continues on how Jesus emptied himself out for us and died for our sins. Sometimes we forget that Jesus put us before himself. And God raised Him up. In the end, “at the name of Jesus every knee
should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
I pray: O Lord, too often I am self-centered and focus on myself. Help me to put others before myself, and let me become less. Guide me into being a better servant. Amen.