God is Intimately Involved
Posted by Melissa
Think about a moment when you were humbled. Maybe you were standing in the midst of some of God’s most beautiful creation and realized His greatness. Perhaps you realized the limits of your abilities in a humbling and slightly embarrassing display witnessed by half the school. How did you feel? What did you learn—about yourself and humility?
Read Philippians 2:5-11, focusing on verses 7-8.
What do these verses teach you about Christ’s character?
Verse 8 says Jesus “humbled Himself.” How?
Why was Jesus’ earthly life a humbling experience for Him?
In your own words, define the word “servant.” Why is that a fitting description of Jesus? Explain.
How did Jesus serve others by living among us and sacrificing Himself?
When is it most difficult for you to be humble or to serve someone else?
What did Jesus receive because of His obedience to humble Himself?
The Bible teaches that Jesus was with God the Father in the beginning and that throughout eternity, He has been equal with His Father (John 1:1-3; Phil. 2:6). In today’s Scripture passage, we begin to understand that Jesus humbled Himself by taking on flesh and becoming like us. Then He went to the cross and died a sinner’s death so that we could be redeemed. Thank God today that Jesus was not content to remain in heaven but became a servant for you. The God you worship isn’t a God who stands far off from you. He’s intimately involved with your life because of Jesus.
Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross. —Philippians 2:7-8
Reprinted from ec magazine. © 2010 LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Used by permission.