The Humility of Christ

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:3-8)

Recently I have beenĀ  considering the second coming of Christ and how awesome and majestic that day will be. With a loud trumpet blast the skies will be split and all eyes will see the King of Kings and Lord of Lords coming in the clouds with legions of His angels, awesome!

But to me that splendor and glory of that day is small compared to the wonder of His first coming when the Creator of the universe humbled Himself and took on the form of a servant, a poor babe. He humbled Himself even to the point of a shameful death on the cross. My mind staggers and words fail to express how amazing this is to me, how glorious He is!

I am often tempted to be proud and to lift myself up so that others will notice me. Oh, how I love to be esteemed and have a good reputation. I am ashamed at such self-seeking desires when I see that my Lord sought rather to empty Himself, seeking no reputation for Himself. He sought to take the lowest place so that He could get under others and lift them up.

I have to admit that this kind of humility is not in me, that is, not in my flesh. On my own I am selfish, proud, arrogant, judgmental, to put it mildly, a wretch. But I thank God for the gift of the new birth by the Holy Spirit. With the Spirit of Christ dwelling in me there are a host of new thoughts and new desires and a love for others that can only be described as Divine. He gives me the mind of Christ and a heart of a giver not a grasper.

Does that mean I’m perfect? Far from it. I am still tempted in many ways and sometimes I fail and fall. But the Lord is always there and as I come to Him in my brokenness and repentance He brings grace and strength to stand and overcome.

Humility is step one in the Christian life and much of God’s working in our lives is to bring about this same mind that was in Christ. If we will submit to His loving hand of correction there will be a sweet aroma of Christ Himself in our lives that will be known wherever we go.