“…Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing…” Philippians 2:5-7 ESV
Read these verses over and over. What is the Holy Spirit whispering to you?
This morning the whisper I hear is “humble yourself.” To be honest this is something I need to hear a lot. I struggle with pride. I know I’m not the only one. The key to our verse isn’t just about pride but about Jesus. This section of the letter to the Philippians is about imitating Christ.
Christian means little Christs. This literally means we as Christians should imitate Christ. Oh, how we fall short. For too many of us we are Christian in name only. That is why we have such a bad name. That is why the church is struggling. We are judged by the worst among us. What do we do?
Well the worst thing we could do is point fingers. I know I haven’t been the best Christian. Just the act of accusing others of being worse than we are is proof of our lack of being like Christ. What we should do is let go of control and become servants like Christ did.
Let’s think about this. Jesus, being God, became man, a created being. Not only was He man but He made himself subject to man, allowing Himself to be tried and killed according to man’s laws. He did this to save man, the very people who killed Him. To be Christ like means we release our control. We become subject to the very people we are trying to save. We don’t fight them. We don’t judge them. We just love them. Christ met us where we are, so we must meet the lost where they are. Christ healed them, so we must help them in their needs. Christ ate with them, lived with them, went to them and so must we.
I don’t know completely what this looks like. I know it means we aren’t to hide away in the church. I know that we can’t avoid the lost afraid we might catch what they have. Each of us is called to help in one way or another. The cool thing is we don’t have to go too far. All of us can see people who are lost if we are willing to look. It isn’t just the homeless. It is our coworkers, our family members, our neighbors and even some of our friends. Pray for the eyes to see and the words to say. Pray for the ability to lead by example.
We aren’t called to be famous. We aren’t called to do things that get a lot of attention. We are called to do the little things. Look people in the eye with compassion. Listen to their problems. Pray with them. If you know how to get them the help they need then help. If you don’t, they may just need you to be there for them, supporting them with a smile and a hug. Love is bigger than you and me. Don’t put boundaries on it. Allow God to love through you with no strings attached. Let love flow freely. This can only be done through a humble servant. It isn’t about being better. It isn’t about proving yourself right. It is about doing what needs to be done out of love no matter how people will judge you.