STOP — Philippians 2:5-11
For unity to exist there must be humility. The example for humility the Philippians are to follow is that of Jesus. Jesus is God, but when it came time to rescue the world for evil and destruction, Jesus didn’t think he needed to hold on to his rights as God, but he freely gave them up so he could become a servant, a great act of humility, so he could do what was best for his creation. His humility lead to the humiliation of death on the cross. Even though Jesus freely gave up his rights as God, God, because of Jesus’s humility, exalted Jesus above everything else in all of creation. This reveals God’s loving and gracious character and will lead all of creation to worship Him.
The humility of Jesus shows us that we will not miss out on blessing if we humble ourselves and let others go first.
- This connects back to Paul’s teaching that we should consider others better than ourselves and to think about their interests as well as our own interests. Paul wants us to know that this call to humility is us following the example of Jesus.
- Paul taught that Jesus is God. We may not understand all the mechanics of things, but what can understand is that Jesus voluntarily gave up rights due to him as God to rescue his creations from sin and evil.
- Jesus’s humility led him to the humiliation of the cross and death. Our humility will, most likely, be a lot less costly.
- “For this reason...” God exalts Jesus back to his status, gives him all authority, because he put the interests of others ahead of his own rights. God’s promise is that our sacrifice will not be in vain, that he will restore to us, and expand, all that was lost.
- The humble obedience of Jesus, along with our humble obedience, leads to God receiving the worship that He deserves.
Lord God, give me the wisdom, faith, and love that I need to follow the humble example of Jesus.
Tomorrow: Philippians 2:12-18