“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the very nature of God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became 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 confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.”
I know this is a really long passage of Scripture to post here, but it’s one of my favorites. It would not be popular in our me-first world as it is telling us to imitate Christ’s humility and servant’s heart. Sometimes it’s easy to know that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and for me, this passage helps me to understand a little bit better the great act of love that it really was. He made himself nothing in order for us to have eternal life. We are told to imitate Christ and be servants to those around us.
The last two verses of this passage are just pure excitement for me. That one day every single person will bow to Jesus and confess that He is Lord! Even though it may sometimes feel like we are losing to the devil, we know that Jesus Christ wins in the end!