Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
What mindset do you typically have when called to serve others? For many of us, it is not natural to put others before ourselves and seek their good ahead of our own. Left to ourselves, we can quickly turn to selfishness before God and others.
The church at Philippi was made up of Romans, Jews, slaves, and others. Among them were a variety of cultures, personalities, and backgrounds. Had the church members been selfish, they would have quickly fallen apart.
Paul encouraged them to take on the right mindset—one that emulated the same attitude Jesus had. Jesus made Himself like us in order to serve us. He served because He loves us, and caring for His people is in His very nature.
The good news is that this is not a mindset we must somehow muster up on our own, as if we meditate hard enough then we’ll achieve the ability to be at peace with one another in all things. Instead, it is a mindset available to us as believers in Jesus Christ. It’s amazing! God’s Spirit enables us to have Christ’s attitude in our earthly relationships.
- What does it mean that Jesus did not count equality with God something to be grasped (v. 6)? Why do you think so many believers think they have to prove themselves and grab the attention of the world? When are you prone to do this?
- Some people take the attitude, “Jesus is perfect, but I’m not,” so they don’t even try to have His mindset, thinking it’s impossible. Considering your own imperfections, how does the phrase, “which is yours in Christ Jesus,” in verse 5 encourage you?
- Praise God for giving you spiritual blessings in Christ that enable you to live out your calling on earth. Ask Him to help you take on the humble attitude of Jesus in your relationships and circumstances.