Imitating Christ can seem like a scary thing. After all, we’re not perfect; we would never be able to go to heaven on our own simply by imitating Christ. But it can lead us to having a closer walk with God and having a better knowledge of what he wants us to do with our lives. If, by now, you are wondering just how we imitate Christ, Paul explains 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.
Okay, this is a pretty big passage to be covered in just one post, but we’ll take a quick look. Verses six through eight are describing Jesus’ mindset. Basically, He is God’s equal. He is superior to us in a way that we can’t even comprehend. But He didn’t flaunt that superiority. Rather, He put Himself in the position of one who serves. He came to the earth (the earth He created!) humbly, being born in a manger in a stable. He had this attitude all the way to His ultimate sacrifice–His death on the cross.
Verses nine through eleven talk about how Jesus is exalted to the highest place because of His humility. Matthew 20:16 says this:
So the last will be first and the first will be last.
So how do we imitate Christ? We humbly serve those around us. We put their interests first and ours last. Even if we are more important than other people in any way, we need to serve them. It’s a lot of work, but remember, as Christian we have the Holy Spirit inside of us, guiding us. Don’t be afraid to ask God for help if you stumble along the way.
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