Thursday, July 12, 2007

A Reflection on Philippians 2:3-11

"Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 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 made himself nothing, 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."

I am always acting out of rivalry and conceit. He acts out of humility. I want all the attention and admiration I think I deserve. Christ forsakes the attention he deserves so we might fix our attention on the glory of God the Father (John 17). We benefit from Christ’s humiliating death for the sake of the glory of God, his Father. Who benefits from my humiliation for the sake of God being glorified?

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