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Day Five: “Humbly Walking…in Obedience to the Lord”

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Philippians 2:1-11 (NIV) - Imitating Christ’s Humility

“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,

did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

rather, he made himself nothing

by taking the very nature of a servant,

being made in human likeness.

And being found in appearance as a man,

he humbled himself

by becoming obedient to death-

even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place

and gave him the name that is above every name,

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

Verse 3 clearly defines for us what humility is, Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” It is doing nothing out of selfish ambition and vain conceit and valuing others above ourselves. This valuing others above ourselves is not about considering that “he or she is better than me,” but it is about how we care for others, putting their needs and concerns above our own.

And, we don’t want to stop at our personal thought or figuring out what we think it is to care for others above ourselves. That is why Paul does not just leave us there but leads us to the new framework or paradigm - having the same mindset as Christ Jesus (v.5).

Christ did not even consider his “rights” or “privileges”, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant (vs.6-7). And his humility is epitomized as he humbled himself, “by becoming obedient to death - even death on a cross!” (v.8). This considering and valuing others above ourselves is within the context of having the same mindset of Christ, which is in obedience to the Lord. So, it doesn’t become about us, but all about God.

Being able to have the same mindset is ours as we now belong to Christ and have the Spirit of God in us.  We have the mind of Christ (Romans 8:5-8).

Let’s pray that we will walk in humble obedience unto the Lord today trusting that the Spirit will enable us as we have the mindset of Christ so that we can value others above ourselves whether we are at work or at school, at home with our children or family, running errands, spending time with others, etc.  As we do so, may the Lord be exalted and glorified (v.9-11).

Let’s close today, worshipping to this song, “I Exalt Thee” written by Pete Sanchez and performed by Jesus Culture:

- EK

Day Four: “Humbly Walking…Come Near to God”

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Day Three: “Humbly Walking…Depending on God”

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Day Two: “God Opposes the Proud But Gives Grace to the Humble”

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Day One: “O Lord It’s Hard To Be Humble”

Monday, July 6th, 2015