A couple of girls and I are studying Philippians 2:5-11. Talk about convicting.
“Have this mind/attitude” v.5 says. Right before that, I read we should consider others better than ourselves. And, look out for other’s interests besides my own… (I need to read this everyday-multiple times!)
Oh, so the Philippians struggle with this like I do?
Then I read how Paul puts it in perspective…
Jesus- He is God- knew He was God- but did not consider equality with God something to be grasped. Jesus èGodèCreator of ALL THINGS -by Him, through Him, and for Him were ALL THINGS made- And in Him ALL THINGS hold together. He was there when I was made in the secret place (Ps.139:15). He calmed a raging storm, walked on water, fed thousands, healed diseases, cast out demons, raised people from the dead, rendered a fig tree unfruitful, changed water into wine, and forgave a lame man- a prostitute- an adulteress, etc.
He could have used His power for personal benefit. Ha, what would I do if I could have His abilities for a day?
But, no, He “made Himself NOTHING” or emptied Himself taking the form of a bond-servant- which means [to completely and absolutely assign all personal rights over to the authority and will of another person]. (The Discovery Bible pg. 542)
He was born in the likeness of man… God to human… (ponder THAT for a while…)
Then- perfectly obedient to the Father’s will- obedient to die the death the Father chose for Him (beatings and floggings and mockery of this innocent God/Man beforehand). Not only innocent, but
He hung on a cross- cursed (Gal 3:13)
Forsaken by God-
Weighted by the full brunt sin-
Hmm…“Have this mind/attitude”…
Consider others better than myself...
And, look out for other’s interests as well besides my own…
Gina Linden, Domestic Adoption Social Worker