Matthew Adams here, joining you on Day 8 of our Advent journey. Today, we're delving into a passage from Philippians that speaks volumes about the character of Christ and what it means for us as spiritual warriors. It's a call to embrace humility and servanthood, just as Jesus did.
Scripture: Philippians 2:5-7
"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." This passage from Philippians 2:5-7 challenges us to reflect on the nature of Christ's humility and how we're called to emulate it.
This scripture reminds us that at the core of our Advent reflection is the incredible act of humility by God Himself – choosing to become human, to serve rather than be served. For spiritual warriors, this is a profound lesson in the power of humility and servitude in our walk with God and our relationships with others.
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Three Driving Points
Embracing Christ's Mindset: To "have the same mindset as Christ Jesus" requires a radical shift in how we view ourselves and our roles in the world. It calls us to put aside pride and self-importance, focusing instead on serving others with love and humility, just as Jesus did.
Understanding True Power: Christ, being in very nature God, showed that true power lies not in asserting authority, but in humbling oneself. This is counterintuitive in a world that often equates power with dominance. As spiritual warriors, embracing this truth means finding strength in vulnerability and leadership in servitude.
Living as Servants: The call to take "the very nature of a servant" is a challenging yet rewarding aspect of our faith. It's about seeing and responding to the needs around us, putting others first, and embodying Christ's love in practical, tangible ways.
As we continue our Advent journey, let's reflect on how we can incorporate the humility of Christ into our daily lives. This season is not just about celebrating Christ's birth; it's about transforming our lives to mirror His humility and servitude.
Call to Action
This week, identify one way you can serve someone in your community. It could be a small act of kindness, volunteering your time, or simply offering a listening ear. Let's put our faith into action by following Christ's example of humility and service.
Lord Jesus, thank You for the example of humility You set for us. Help us to have Your mindset in all our relationships, to serve as You served, and to love as You loved. Guide us in embodying Your humility this Advent and beyond. Amen.
As we move through the days of Advent, let's keep the humble nature of Christ at the forefront of our minds. May His example inspire us to live as servants, bringing His light and love into every interaction. Wishing you a meaningful and humble journey through this Advent season.