Title: Exalt God, Not Yourself
Scripture: Philippians 2:1-11
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 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.
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Explanation: If we are ever curious about what true humility looks like, we thankfully have the best example in Christ. We see from His example that humility at its best is being willing to lose form and status, emptying oneself, choosing servanthood over master-hood, and finding a likeness with everyone for the sake of empathic love. As Christ followers, we are called to be like-minded as we interact with the world around us. This is the Apostle Paul’s message to the Church at Philippi and to us in these verses. He says to look to the example of Christ. Sometimes we find it necessary to exalt ourselves for many different reasons, but it is the humble heart and mind that God can use the most, and will produce the most fruit for our lives and for the kingdom of God. The most astounding act ever was completed through the humblest of individuals.
- What is one thing that stands out to you in today’s passage?
- How does Christ’s example of humility encourage you to walk in humility toward God and others?
- Why do you think humility is so important to God?
- What is the difference between being exalted by God and exalting yourself? What would be some personal examples of how this might look in your life?
- What are some areas of your life where you would like to become more humble? Spend some time lifting those areas up to God and asking Him to help you be of the same mind as Christ.