Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and as born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. (Philippians 2:6-8 NLT)
Although the verse doesn’t necessarily (clearly) display any “personality” traits of Jesus there is actually a lot that is said in this verse. This verse speaks of the humility that Jesus had. This verse speaks on the willingness to give it ALL for the betterment of another. This verse speaks of a King willing to become a slave to relate to us.
Jesus’ humility. From the very first portion of this scripture it says that he did not think of equality with God as something to cling onto. Although he WAS GOD, He did not cling on to it. He was comfortable enough within Himself and had enough faith that it would all work out in the long run that He did not cling to that equality. As believers we need to remember that even if we ARE THE BOSS/Supervisor/Games Athlete that we should not think of ourselves as any higher then the lowest person in your business or box. Arrogance is a growing problem within the world and sadly within the Church itself. It shouldn’t matter who you ARE because ultimately everything is His. So we should be able to lay our titles aside to love & serve one another…
Jesus’ willingness to give it all. He gave up His divine privileges. Think about that… He gave up the most beautiful place we could all imagine. For you, for me. Simply because He did not want heaven without us. So He willingly and eagerly gave it all up to come down to earth for us. The verse says HE GAVE UP… As in willingly giving up the absolute best for us. Not too sound too harsh but I know some people within the Crossfit community that won’t give up there “bar” or even go drop in at another box because it’s not there “home box” and other silly things. We should give up our places of comfortability from time to time for the betterment of those around us.
Jesus’ not only gave up being a King, but He gave that up and became a slave to all. Not only did He give up His divine privilege for us all, He took on the humble position as a slave. This is a position of servant-hood. A position we should all seek to pursue. Promotions and positions are incredibly blessings, but they become Godly blessings when we are able to be in those places with the heart of a slave… a servant.
If we all were to choose to live and love like Jesus did then maybe just maybe people would not have as much bitterness towards Christians. Yes, we cannot conform to this world and we need to stand on the word of God that is our truth… That does not mean we continually cast stones at every person we see sinning… Because the truth is we are all sinners and are all in need of God’s grace.
Love wins… Grace wins…