5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!
To say you are a Christian and act or live some other way is contrary to the definition of the word Christian. Your attitude should be that this is not a suggestion, it is a command in the imperative which means just do it. We need to develop the attitude of Christ to display the actions of Christ. By virtue of the word, Christian, meaning “like Christ,” we are to be like Christ. Are we making excuses and exceptions or do we have an eager expectation to be the example of Christ, to display His attitude and actions? We live in a world where we want Christ to save our lives but not to saturate them, but letting the mind of Christ be in us means that we are to think as Christ would think, resulting in behavior typical of Christ. Why are we afraid of a radical relationship with Jesus, why do we want to be inoculated with a shot of salvation but not to be infected with servanthood? Are we afraid that we might lose our minds? Yet isn’t that the point, isn’t that the command, to lose your mind and take on the mind of Christ to think like Christ would think so you will do what Christ would do.
In part one we started to look at how Christ’s attitude effected what He did, we discussed a life of humility and here in part two we will look at two other aspects of what Christ did that are so critical to servanthood. He:
3. Gave up His rights
There is no doubt that Jesus is God, He is co-equal with the Father, John 10:30 “I and my Father are one.” Yet Jesus gave up His rights to become a servant, to become human, serving us as He suffered to save. He gave up the right of praise, the right to be in the full presence of God. Think about this, He gave up the right to divine fullness, Jesus was confined to a human body and where a human body could go and dwell. Jesus had been able to be everywhere at all times but gave that up to become flesh. Christ Literally “emptied Himself” this describes His actions but does it describe ours? He emptied Himself of His divine privileges, but not of His divinity, He imposed upon Himself limitations so He could serve and identify with us. He gave up position, power, and praise to serve me, at the heart of servanthood is the attitude of selflessness. Does selflessness characterize your life or do you need to empty yourself of you so you can be filled with Him?
4. Surrendered His life
Jesus gave the ultimate act of service when He endured the horror and the humility of the cross, there has been no greater act of service than this. He not only gave up all of His rights and took on a physical body but He also gave up that body. Jesus willingly gave up the life that He humbled Himself to take for the chance of humanity finding freedom from the power of sin. There will never be surrender without submission. Besides submitting Himself to the worst demotion in history, Christ yielded Himself to ridicule, arrest, mockery, beatings, and finally death on the cross. If you want to know how much Jesus loves you, look at the cross. He gave up His throne in Heaven to submit Himself to the most excruciating and dehumanizing form of human punishment. So why is it so hard for us to surrender and submit our lives to service, is it because at the heart of surrender is sacrifice? Is it because at the heart of Christianity we have to give up our attitudes, aspirations, and actions so that Christ’s attitude and actions become ours?
Why did He do it? John 3:16 says it was for LOVE. What about us, how will we L.O.V.E. Love Others, Value Everyone?