FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2015
Key Bible Verses: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:3-4, NIV)
Dig Deeper: Philippians 2:3-11
Imitating Christ means imitating his humility. Not just an “aw, shucks” humility, but a willingness to be seen as less than you are. To relinquish [your] rights to privilege, honour, and service for the sake of another. Jesus reveals this to be the true mark of a man. Of a human.
Jesus, in becoming human, emptied himself. To be fully human, Jesus needed to subject his divine prerogative to the limitations of humanity. What would it look like for men to willingly empty themselves? To give up their position to another? To stop requiring other men to prove themselves? For husbands to serve their wives in a relationship of mutual submission (Eph. 5:21)?
What would it look like if men were to become the greatest servants the world has ever known, willing to sacrifice all that they have as they imitate the love of Jesus for others? Men don’t need to learn how to fight, how to be wild, or how to kill a bear to become manlier. Holding Jesus as our example we see that men need to learn how to be humble and serve others. And honestly, imitating the humility of Christ, being willing to be seen as a lesser man in the eyes of others, takes an incredible amount of courage.
– Nate Pyle in Man Enough
My Response: In what ways can I model humility in my interactions with others?
Thought to Apply: The main evidence that we are growing in Christ is not exhilarating prayer experiences, but steadily increasing, humble love for other people. – Frederica Mathewes-Green (writer)
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