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. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
If you’ve spent any amount of time in church or around its people, you know Christmas has little to do with Santa and reindeer and much to do with Jesus’ birth. And yet to fully appreciate and celebrate the birth of a Savior we need to have an understanding of who He is.
As Paul writes to the people of Philippi in this passage, he’s encouraging believers to model their behavior and attitudes after that of Jesus. He goes on to describe the humble nature of our Messiah. He is God, and yet he came to serve. He is perfect, and yet he endured the ultimate punishment.
As this Christmas season comes to a close and we’ve celebrated the birth of Jesus, let’s also consider the life and death of Jesus. He lived the most perfect and humble life, and then died a death he did not deserve, purely out of obedience to the Father, and love for sinners like you and me.
Thought of the day: As we dwell on the Jesus’ humility, there may be areas in our own lives where we need to “empty ourselves” or “take the form of a servant.” Looking at the extreme measure of obedience Jesus displayed in his willingness to go to the cross, are there any areas in your life where God is asking you to follow him?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us the gift of Jesus. God, give me the courage to walk in obedience and humility the way Jesus did. Amen.