Today we continue the journey of praying to be more like Jesus.
One of the areas that we’re called to follow Jesus is in to a life of humility. Take a moment and slowly read through this passage written by the apostle Paul:
“Do nothing from selfish ambition 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 emptied himself, by 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.” (Philippians 2:3-8 ESV)
Paul gets right to encouraging a lifestyle of humility in various practical ways: watching our motives, considering others more significant than ourselves, looking out for the interests of others. Then, Paul points to this truth: Jesus did more than just talk about humility, he modeled it.
If you’re like me you’ve probably asked yourself, “How can I have that type of humility?” Paul tells us how Jesus got there, “he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
There it is: “he humbled himself by becoming obediant.” How far would he go in this humility: “obediant to the point of death, EVEN death on the cross.”
This type of life laying down obediance can only come through God’s work in us. Take some time reading through this passage again. Begin to ask God to draw you toward obediance in these areas of humility: watching our motives, considering others more significant than ourselves, looking out for the interests of others. Ask the Holy Spirit to point toward specific instances where He wants you to lay your life down and obey Jesus. Don’t rush this. Listen. Commit to obey.
Now go live it.
Praying for you.