Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.
Living humbly in humility
Philippians 2:5-8 speaks about Jesus’ humility, selflessness. He was a man who accepted his son-ship to God. With the status of son of the King, he nonetheless served humbly.
He was not called to live a privileged life. He did not claim self-entitlement, self-righteousness, self-recognition. He dedicated himself to do what he came to do and that commitment was reward in itself, but what he did wasn’t a secret. Somebody must have noticed what Christ Jesus did since many of his thoughts and actions are reported in the Bible.
As I read this passage, I am mindful that everyone has the choice to accept one’s son-ship or daughter-ship with God. Whatever the privileges our human life grants us, we can live humbly. Some get a lot more than others in recognition, material wealth, education, love, benefits, etc., yet no one is less deserving. We each are the son or daughter of The King, each serving, one way or another.
I observe that I often choose to remain quiet in group settings; that I have put a cross on many of my human desires, so that my thoughts, voice, lips, steps, actions are servants to God and my ever-growing perception of God. When I wait upon the Lord to speak, sing, move, act, I experience inner contentment. But I realize that I must also present God’s gifts to me as to honor Him/Her and not be shy in doing so. It’s a matter of balance and discernment.
I work with words and meanings. A dictionary is often a good thing. Look up “humble” – http://www.wordhippo.com/what-is/another-word-for/humble.html.
Prayer: I pray to keep growing in God, in love, humility, wisdom…to love and be loved as God inspires.