Philippians 2:5-6 — 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to (NLT).
Now read these verses again from The Message: “Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of Himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of Himself that He had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all.”
This is mind-boggling to me. Jesus was the prototypical servant. No human being ever has, or ever will, reach equality with Jesus Christ. He is God the Son, yet He did not consider His godly status as something to hold on to. He relinquished the privileges of deity to become a servant to all of mankind.
After reading something like this, I can’t help but be challenged personally. What I have achieved does not even begin to compare to deity status, yet I struggle at times to cling to myself. My human nature wants to hold on to what’s comfortable, and becoming a servant means letting go of what comes natural.
I want to encourage you today with what Jesus said in John 12:26: “Whoever serves Me must follow Me; and where I am, My servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me” (NIV). Taking on the nature of a servant may cost you a lot, but look at the promises Jesus made to those who serve Him.
First, His servants will be wherever He is, and He will be wherever His servants are. Jesus will not give you an assignment and then throw you to the wolves. You are not a hired hand; you’re very valuable to Him. He is with those who serve.
Secondly, the Father honors His servants. In other words, the God of the universe will hold you in high regard if you serve Him wholeheartedly. He rewards you. There is no earthly treasure or fame worth clinging to if it means sacrificing the respect of the Father. May we serve Him faithfully today and every day.
Romans 12:11 — Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically (NLT).
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