Biblical Reflections: Philippians 2:5-8

Philippians 2:5-8 – Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Do you have any ribbons or trophies? Maybe you have some plaques or certificates. Perhaps you have one of those dreaded lucite desk ornaments. In any case, I imagine that you have some mementos of past achievements and victories. The world around us is quick to devise ways to recognize worldly accomplishments. Jesus called these things earthly treasures or mammon. We cannot serve God and the world. Jesus commanded the disciples saying, “Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Luke 12:33-34).

Humility is hard to find today. Everyone around us is encouraged to have pride in their work, pride in the their achievements, and pride in themselves. We fail to see that pride is like a cancer. It invades our minds and hearts, because our nature does not recognize its destructive power over us.

Jesus taught a different, more enduring, path. “If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all” (Mark 9:35). Service is the best and only means of gaining a legacy worth the effort. Trophies and diplomas may mark some milestones in our lives, but these things cannot be the reason and purpose of our existence. They will all pass away to dust. Love endures. Love never tarnishes. Love never fails. We do.

Humility should be a hallmark of your character. Service to others should be your motto. “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:10).

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