Want to lift up our Lord, both in your own eyes and in the eyes of others? Make yourself nothing to become the servant of other people. Just like Jesus. He didn’t need to lord his power over others. He humbly served out of love…
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
The humility of Jesus is staggering. It’s incomprehensible. It confounds our thinking about God. As Jesus came to earth as God, he determined to not use his power and supreme identity for advantage. Rather, Jesus made himself nothing.
Nothing. A servant. A human. Humble. Obedient to the ways of earth. The earth he created.
When we see here that Jesus was obedient to death on a cross, we see the ultimate outcome of his humility. He knew how far it would go. His servitude on earth for our sake became a death sentence for Jesus.
All for you. All for me. Because God loves us.
So have that mindset in your relationships with one another (vs. 5). Huh?!? Yes. Almost certainly you won’t die on a cross, yet in terms of your own advantage, your humility, and your prominence before others, give it up. Show them.
Make yourself nothing to become the servant of other people. Because of Jesus. Because of his example. Because of God’s love.
Who can you serve today? Who could you lower yourself to serve in the way Jesus did? Do it. By doing so, in Jesus’ name, you will lift up our Lord, both in your own eyes and in the eyes of others.