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 emptied himself, by 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.” (Philippians 2:5-11)
Humility is defined as counting other people as more significant than you (Romans 12:10; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 5:21; I Peter 3:5). The attribute of humility which was so clearly evidenced at the birth, life and death of Jesus Christ is also to be seen within each believer who is in union with Christ. The reason for the demeanor of humility is due in no small part to the blessings God has given to each believer in Christ.
One of the greatest blessings God the Father has provided the church is the example of Jesus Christ’s humility. It’s one thing to talk about humility. It’s another entirely to live and demonstrate this godly characteristic. We are to live humble lives before God and other people. Our example of such a lifestyle is Jesus Christ.
Believers in Christ are to have the mind of humility. This is set forth in today’s text which is one of the classic passages of Christology found in the New Testament. It may well have been sung as a hymn in the early church. It would benefit the church today to sing such a hymn, and often.
To begin with, the Apostle Paul issued forth a command from God: “Have this mind among yourselves.” The statement is an imperative and a non-negotiable belong to and originating from God. Believers are to have the attitude of humility. The phrase “have this mind” takes the reader back to the immediate preceding context of Philippians 2:1-4.
The disposition or attitude of humility is not to be held in isolation but rather it is to be demonstrated among believers in Christ. That’s why Paul said, “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,” It is to be evidenced among the members of the church. This is because humility was evidenced and demonstrated by Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry. Jesus is our example of humility.
Pastor Burk Parsons writes, “The author of Hebrews writes, “Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (12:1–2). As we grow in the grace and holiness of our Lord, being enabled by God’s free grace to die more and more unto sin and live unto righteousness, we’re called neither to fix our eyes on ourselves nor to fix our eyes on our own sins that entangle themselves around our ankles. We’re called to run with endurance by looking to Jesus, who is the author and perfecter of our faith. We are united to Christ and are made able and willing to turn our eyes upon Jesus — away from ourselves — so that by looking to Him, we are motivated to joyful, cross-bearing obedience as we “walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him . . . for all patience and longsuffering with joy” (Col. 1:10–11). For when we take our eyes off our Lord and set our eyes on ourselves, the Christian life becomes not only miserable but impossible.”
Ask God today to develop within your soul the attitude and actions demonstrating Christ-like humility. It is what it means to be like Jesus.
May the Lord’s truth and grace be found here.
Soli deo Gloria!