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So it seems I’ve been running into a whole slew of passages lately that talk about humbling yourself and being a servant but this passage in Philippians flat out smacked me in the face and I wanted to share it with you bloggers.

“…Jesus Christ, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equally with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
Philippians 2:6-8

It’s easy to be humble sometimes I think, especially with me. I’m not the best singer or songwriter I know so I’d never pretend to be. While our band has had some success I can point to hundreds of other bands that have had more so it’s easy to stay humble in that respect. But that’s not even close to Christ’s example of humility- he was a God among men and not only did he come down to our level but he became a servant. How much easier would it have been for Christ to be born into a rich and powerful family? But he didn’t- he came into this world in a stable and befriended sinners and tax collectors. He was the greatest of us who became like the least of us (ultimately to die for our sins)
Imagine Michael Jordan is playing a pick-up game of basketball with a bunch of people who don’t know who he is. But Mike doesn’t dunk the ball from the free throw line, instead he passes the ball, misses shots on purpose and let’s the other team steal it from them and all the while the other team is telling him how much he sucks at the game. If you were Mike, how satisfying would it be to flip the switch, play to your full ability and watch them eat their words? It would be so hard to face the insults, all the while knowing what you could do, and not act out- to just humble yourself. Imagine how Christ felt up there on the cross as the soldiers mocked him. Having the power to escape the situation but instead he “became obedient to the point of death” so that we may have eternal life.
I think the problem is that we see humility as such a great characteristic and that being humble actually gets rewarded! As a band, people have told us that we are humble and down to earth and that’s great and all but that’s not the kind of humility that Jesus showed us. It’s so much deeper than that. He wants us to become nothing. Strip away all the pride and selfishness that we cling so tightly to and become his. He wants us to abandon the rewards and temporary thrills of this world and, instead, cling to him. To love him and show his love to others. My prayer for all of us is that we can learn to take that next step in humility- become nothing so we may inherit everything.

-Scott (@ScottyMcTaube)


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