Day Two – What was Christ like? Passage:
: 1-11Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy, complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose. Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, though he existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross! As a result God exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow— in heaven and on earth and under the earth — and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus Christ, as Paul writes, in one of the longest run-on-sentences in the entire Bible, was humble. He was a servant, a slave to men. We are to follow this example. If we could do one thing to change Christianity today, it is this: treat others as more important than yourself. (Kinnaman, 224) As Jesus did, and as Jesus taught, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” () When Christians really put this into action, non-believers really do notice! Re-read this passage. Mediate on it. Reflect on your own life. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal people in your life that he wants you to serve. Pray for them. And when the Lord gives you the opportunity, serve them, be ready and willing!