Philippians 2:5 (KJV)
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also
in Christ Jesus:
Some read this passage,
and then try to be like Jesus...
that is good...
Some read it, and do the
opposite, they try to imagine
Jesus to be like them...
An angry person often justifies their
anger by recounting times Jesus
was angry (at moneychangers,
at the pharisees)...
Some take the time Jesus
told the rich young ruler to sell
all and give it to the poor to
mean they can command people
to take all they have and give it
Some see Jesus with a whip,
and justify their abuse of their
child or mate...
Some see Jesus weeping over
Jerusalem and justify their
They try to justify some
parts of their own self by
trying to imagine Jesus beling
Maybe they should read the whole
Philippians 2:5-8 (KJV)
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Christ humbled Himself
He was on a throne in heaven,
never felt pain or tiredness...
He was honored as Ruler,
Creator, and King of Kings...
Jesus put aside His divine form
He made Himself to have
no reputation, no honor, no position of high authority
He took the form of a servant, came in a human
body, frail, weak, and
dying, to serve all of us...
Jesus humbled Himself
and became obedient to death
We are told to
walk in His steps,
1 Peter 2:21-23 (KJV)
21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
We need to take up a cross,
give ourselves to the ministry
and not sin,
not retaliate when abused...
walk humbly bearing our
own cross in our walk with the Lord...
are you like Jesus?
or are you trying to make
Jesus to be like you...?