Maundy Thursday, April 13

Philippians 2:5-11 (ESV)

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by 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.  Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus is the Son of God Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth.  When He came to earth, He was fully God and fully man yet He ‘did not count equality with God’.  Of all people from all time, Jesus had reason to be anything but humble, yet He was.  He, of all people, could have demanded to BE served yet He came TO serve.

We can’t even imagine what Jesus was willing to do for us.  We, unlike Jesus, want people to know who we are and what we have done.  We want to be acknowledged, recognized and honored for our accomplishments.  We live in a world where we advertise all of our accomplishments and expect people to ‘like’ them and comment on them through social media

As a society, we are becoming less and more self-centered and egotistical.  Jesus is our perfect example. He had the power to heal the blind, give the lame the ability to walk, cast out demons and even raise the dead, yet he didn’t seek recognition for Himself but for His Father.

When you accomplish something, or are recognized for your work or your efforts, who do you give the glory to—yourself or your God?  Jesus humbled himself even to the point of humiliation, incredible suffering and death on a cross.  How humble are you?  How much does it mean to you to be recognized for what you do and even have people ‘like’ it on social media and compliment you for what you have done?

Let Lent be a humility check for you.  Look back at your accomplishments and the accolades you have received in the last year—who received the glory?

Gracious Father, help us bring glory to You and what you are doing in our lives and not to ourselves. Help us be humble servants like your Son. Amen.

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