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True Humility 2

 “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:5-7 NASB)

Men, this devotional is an oldie but a goodie, and worth a second look.  I was at our weekly men’s Bible study this morning, in the book of Hebrews when a discussion began on the humility that Christ portrayed.  I was compelled to share these verses in Philippians, and so this is what was on my heart to share with all of you.  I pray as you read these verses God will touch your heart as His word breathes life into you.  John 8:32, “and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

I love this 2nd Chapter in the book of Philippians.  It speaks of humility, ours as it should be, and Christ humility as it was.  As we go through life’s journey we can affirm how hard it can be to be humble, putting other people before ourselves.  Especially when we are walking in our own prideful ways, but harder yet when we make the attempt, and are treated harshly for it, or at the very least not appreciated for the effort.  If it is hard for us in our humanness as sinners, how hard must it have been for Jesus Who was 100% God, and 100% man?  Jesus Who lived a perfect life without sin, Jesus who created us.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” (v14) “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-3,14 NASB)

Philippians tells us,  but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant. Just what exactly does that mean, He emptied Himself?  The same Word that was in the beginning, that was with God, and was God, put aside all His power as God to become one of us, for the purpose of setting the example for us.   To deliver the truth for all who would believe in Him, and ultimately to be the final sinless sacrifice on the cross dieing for all our sins.  There by fulfilling the scripture as prophesied long ago.

Jesus lived by the power of the Holy Spirit, as we do today.  His power was displayed through the same Holy Spirit we have in us today.  It had to be the same way so he could live as 100% man.  “And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” (Luke 2:52 NASB)  I can’t speak for you men, but I am absolutely amazed at how our Creator can place Himself in a position of pain, ridicule, and finally death by the hands of the very ones He created!  If that wasn’t enough He did it so those that accepted Him would have a place with Him for eternity, adopted into His family.

Is it any wonder that those of us that have accepted Jesus as Savior, and Lord of our lives love Him so deeply?  He gave everything up for us.  There is no excuse for rejecting the free gift of salvation.  My pastor made a statement some time ago that really stuck out and profoundly impacted me. “Jesus came to save us, not from sin and the enemy that draws us into it, but more importantly from the wrath of God.”  In the book of Revelation, it speaks of God’s wrath in great detail, and I for one don’t want to be around when He delivers it.  The good news is I won’t be, nor will anyone who believes in Jesus with their whole heart.

Humility is a choice.  Jesus chose to be humble!  He chose to be the chief servant. He set the example by doing more than He would ask anyone of us to do, so no one could ever question His reason why.  A good leader leads by example, and so He experienced all the pain and suffering as man, and than some.  When you are going through a hard time think of Him, the One Who gave it all up for you.

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6 NASB)

Seek the Adventure, Strength and Honor, Papa Joe!