“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” Philippians 2:5-8 New Living Translation
If we are being asked to have the same attitude as Christ, we must have an understanding regarding what type of attitude Christ had. Almighty God came to earth in the form of mortal man and was named Jesus*. Jesus didn’t shed his deity, but rather willingly submitted to the Father’s will by allowing himself to be restricted by the confines of time and space, just as mortal man was. Man thinks they have rights and seek to exercise those rights whenever they think they are being impinged upon. As a believer in Christ we submit our own will in favor of God’s will, thus laying down our rights.
Christ’s attitude was one of humble servitude. He didn’t consider himself superior, even though in reality he was the creator of all things. Rather, he lived among us, setting an example for us as to how we are to live. We are to live a life of submission to God, just as Christ did. Although it is not likely that we will be asked to give up our lives for the sake of our beliefs, Christ picked up that mantle, being willing to die in our place.
Crucifixion was the form of capital punishment the Romans used on notorious criminals. While Jesus didn’t fit that description, it is what the Father asked of him to eradicate sin from the lives of all those who would believe. He deserves our servitude. He’s earned our submission. We will never have to suffer death as a result of our sin. Christ took care of that for us. All hail the power of Jesus name! Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.
* “And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." – Matthew 1:21 NLT