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“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3)
We see ourselves, for the most part, as competent, smart, and capable people. God has blessed us with many gifts and talents that allow us to function and even thrive in our world. In Philippians 2, Paul is exhorting and encouraging the believers in Philippi to serve while having the mind of Christ. What does that mean? What does that look like? Why would we want to consider others more significant than ourselves?
There is a danger in trying and planning to live a godly life using our own resources, efforts, and energies. We often root ourselves in our strengths, our confidence, and our abilities. Paul encourages the believers in Philippi to anchor their identity in Christ. He is urging them and us to have the mindset and attitude of Christ.
We are not to pursue selfish ambition but rather clothe ourselves in humility. Dr. Hans Bayer of Covenant Theological Seminary writes: “Humility is not weakness. Humility is a certain form of strength that has the courage and the ability to perceive and pursue the interest of somebody else. It is actually a great strength.” “And being found in the appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death–even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:8). Jesus showed humility by his service and obedience to His Father. If we are going to truly count others as more significant than ourselves we are to grow in humility.
Jesus came to do for me what I could not do for myself. He is the Passover Lamb. We love because He first loved us. Jesus laid down his life so that I might have life, even eternal life. My response to what Christ has done for me is to love Him, to worship Him, to serve Him, and to obey Him. The greatest commandment is to love God and love others.
I pray that we would know that our identity is in Christ alone; that we would put aside our own desires; that we would walk humbly with our God; and that our love for others would be filled with grace, compassion, and mercy.
“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.” (Philippians 2:10-11)
Deuteronomy 16:1-8 | The feast of unleavened bread
"Observe the month of Abib and keep the Passover to the LORD your God, for in the month of Abib the LORD your God brought you out of Egypt by night. 2 And you shall offer the Passover sacrifice to the LORD your God, from the flock or the herd, at the place that the LORD will choose, to make his name dwell there. 3 You shall eat no leavened bread with it. Seven days you shall eat it with unleavened bread, the bread of affliction--for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste--that all the days of your life you may remember the day when you came out of the land of Egypt. 4 No leaven shall be seen with you in all your territory for seven days, nor shall any of the flesh that you sacrifice on the evening of the first day remain all night until morning. 5 You may not offer the Passover sacrifice within any of your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, 6 but at the place that the LORD your God will choose, to make his name dwell in it, there you shall offer the Passover sacrifice, in the evening at sunset, at the time you came out of Egypt. 7 And you shall cook it and eat it at the place that the LORD your God will choose. And in the morning you shall turn and go to your tents. 8 For six days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a solemn assembly to the LORD your God. You shall do no work on it.
Philippians 2:1-11 | Paul's plea for Christ-like humility
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.