During Pastor's Coffee House this past Sunday, we talked about the passage from Philippians (2:1-11) which we sometimes use as a statement of faith during worship:
Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
But emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
But we often leave off the beginning of this passage (not being part of the confessional hymn). Verses 3-5 read:
"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus..."
One of the things we are called to do as Christians is to emulate and imitate Jesus. While we can't exactly give up our (non-existent) equality with God, we can live in humility, as Paul instructs.
How would the world change if all who declared themselves Christians lived this way, looking to the interests of others rather than ourselves?
Leave a comment. Be bold. Be daring. Dream big. But live with humility.