Riches to Rags

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Jesus started this off in the highest position that he could be; he was seated at the right hand of the Creator of the universe in Heaven. But in Philippians 2:5-8, it says, “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death - even death on a cross!”

Why would Jesus do that? Why would he go all the way from the top down to the bottom? But Jesus didn't stay on the cross, he didn’t stay in the tomb, and he did exactly what he said he would do. Jesus said that he was going to come out of his own grave, and that's percisely what he did. And because death could not keep him, we have a hope of eternal life. And we have a hope that if we are willing to make ourselves humble, lowly, and meek as well, that something can happen if we put our trust in Jesus that, that we too can find salvation. Jesus was the perfect example of servanthood, submission, and sacrifice.

It doesn't stop there though. Verses 9 through 11 tell us, “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Jesus now sits beside his Father in Heaven and waits for God to give the command that it is time for Jesus to return. So, in the meantime, we are called to live a life of consistency, have a spirit of unity, and have an attitude of humility.

Reflection/Discussion Question: Do you struggle with a spirit of humility? What about Jesus's example inspires you to live a humble life?

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