“Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:5-11
This is quite the glorious image that comes to mind when reading this passage. Think about it. Paul weaves us through the humility of Christ. We read how Jesus humbled himself to a low place and was raised up by God to a high place. Jesus was so obedient to God the Father that he was given a name that is above every other name. Picture it now… That at the name of Jesus every knee shall bend, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God. The ending of this passage always gets me ready to dance and to shout, “Hallelujah!” But I can’t help but also give attention to how it begins.
Paul exclaims in verse five that we should have the same mind in us that was in Jesus. Why does Paul say that? To me, it seems like Paul wants us to realize the lasting value of humility. Jesus—the Son of God and God enfleshed—could have exploited his power and used it to take advantage of people on earth and have them all become subservient to him. Instead, as Paul points out, in humility Jesus took on the form of a slave and became subservient to people on earth. Jesus is the ultimate servant leader: one who humbly leads by meeting and serving the needs of others. Paul bids us to recognize this, and to reflect this attitude in our minds and in our actions. Perhaps even today we need to be thinking of ways to approach other people with humility. We need to be thinking of ways to be serving others before we even begin to think of ways that others can serve us. This, brothers and sisters, is part of the mind of Christ. And as evidenced by this scripture passage, God honors our humility and raises us up in love so that all the world might see and confess the wonderful name of Jesus!