THE HUMILITY OF A SERVANT

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped.
Philippians 2:5-6

In Philippians 2:5-11, Paul described qualities of servanthood we need to learn if we are going to develop a serving heart.

To be a servant, we need humility. Paul said,

“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped”
Philippians 2:5-6

Humility means to have a proper evaluation of yourself. People can go to one of two extremes when they evaluate themselves. Some people think they are God’s greatest gift to the church.

In Romans 12:3, Paul had a word for people who thought that way. He said, “Through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment.”

Other people go to the opposite extreme. They think less of themselves than they should. In some churches, after every worship service, the preacher stands at the back of the auditorium while people file by and say, “Pastor, that was the greatest message I’ve ever heard.” The pastor says, “Oh, I am nothing but a lowly worm.”

God’s Word says we ought to think of ourselves realistically. Don’t think more highly of yourself than you should think. Don’t think more lowly of yourself than you should think. Understand who you are in Christ.

About scon777

Pastor/Teacher at Grace Bible Church in Redwood City, CA since 1998.
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