READ | Philippians 2:5-11
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!
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.
This passage is about our everyday relationships – particularly those within our church family. In his writing, the Apostle Paul directs us to “have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” He goes on to emphasize several components of Jesus’ relational mindset. Which one of these stands out to you? Not using his benefits to his own advantage? Taking on the posture of a servant? Humbling himself?
Ask the Holy Spirit to cultivate in you the mindset of Jesus – particularly in the area of personal relationships. Ask Him to empower you to take on Christ’s characteristics of humility, selflessness, and servanthood in all your relationships. Be mindful of a specific relationship to which He may be calling to your attention. Ask Him to make that relationship all that He wants it to be in your life.
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus”. That’s a tall order for a little child but one that can be formed even at a young age. Humility is a more abstract concept that children need defined and explained. In Matthew 18:4 Jesus instructs us “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Here are a few quotes that may help you talk to your child about being humble:
- “Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” (Rick Warren)
- “True joy comes when it is J.O.Y=Jesus first, Others second….then You.” (Kay Arthur)
Discuss with your child what it means to be or stay humble as your focus today.
Contributed by Reese LeRoy, Lead Pastor
Parent Note by Danielle Short