Philippians 2:5-8: “5 Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus, 6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited. 7 Instead he emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity. And when he had come as a man, 8 he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death — even to death on a cross.”
Paul introduces this segment by telling us to have the same attitude as Christ Jesus. Then, in just a few words, he sums up exactly what that looks like. The person of Jesus is full of so much love, humility, self control, willingness, patience, strength, and compassion. He is God, yet he did not use that as a point of leverage. Jesus was a servant to his very core. His entire mission on this earth was the redemption of humanity. He took the blame, filth, shame, guilt and weight of all of our sin in order to restore our relationship with our Heavenly Father. He was perfect, never made a mistake, yet he bore the consequence of death for us all.
Now, I don’t know about you, but when someone else makes a big mistake, my first instinct is not to take responsibility for it. However, as a director or leader of a team, you may have experienced a situation like this, and even though you did your job perfectly, you still took ownership and responsibility for the mistake of your team. Now, that takes a lot of humility and maturity, but it pales in comparison to what Christ did for us. That act of humility is barely a glimpse of what it means to have the attitude of Christ. Take a moment and let the love of Christ sink in to your very core. He gave up his place in the highest heavens, and dwelt among the lowest of the lows, because of His great love for us. Let your life be a letter of thanks to God for this beautiful redemption.