Philippians 2:1-11 gives us a picture of what it means to be Christ-like: “…having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:2b-5). With these words the church in Philippi not only learned about how they ought to live their lives, but they also learned more about Jesus (see Phil 2:6-11).
One beautiful message we learn about Jesus from Phil 2:1-11 is that Christ humbled himself by taking on human flesh (vs 7), and Christ humbled himself to death on a cross (vs 8). Sadly, the truly miraculous message of these two humilities which Christ took on sometimes lose their weight in our society. Jesus, God’s Son and God incarnate took on a human body. It is miraculous and mind boggling! Jesus, God’s Son and God incarnate died in one of the most humiliating and disgraceful ways—dying on a cross.
And, of course, the other miracle in this is that Jesus rose from the dead, “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil 2:9-11).
I cannot comprehend the generosity and compassion of our Heavenly Father, but it seems to me that in Philippians 2:1-11 Paul is giving us the chance to join Jesus—both in his glory and in his suffering. In this world of choices and infinite options, I pray that each of us finds comfort in the love of Jesus, fellowship with the Spirit, and like-mindedness in our growth and discernment together.