“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”-Philippians 2:3-5
Can you imagine the king who designed and created the universe, rainbows, penguins, the human brain, coral, the colors of fall, coffee beans (yay!), and puppies bellies deciding to become a human and being born where, of all places, animals ate their breakfast?
Can you imagine this same king walking around the hills of Judea, telling people there was a God who loved them more than they imagined?
Can you imagine him asking his servants to sit down, wrapping a towel around his waist and washing dust off their feet?
Can you imagine this king choosing to experience tears running down his cheeks? The heartbreak of loneliness and rejection? To be accused of things he didn’t do?
Can you imagine this king being punched, slapped, whipped and executed for crimes he didn’t commit?
Can you imagine this king doing all these things because he knew there was a better way to live and he wanted us to purposefully live it? To experience everything he sacrificed himself for?
If this is the mind and attitude of Christ, why do we (especially church people! Paul was writing this to the church in Philippi) have a hard time being humble and not selfish? Why is it hard to think of others as better than ourselves?
It goes against our grain, against our nature. We want to think of ourselves. All the time. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but we know it could be. We know where our selfishness can lead us. So where could being humble lead us? What could we do with selflessness? What would it look like when we treat others better than ourselves?
There’s some single moms making sure their kids have more on the breakfast table than they did growing up. There’s teachers spending time with students who have a harder time than most. There’s a guy finishing lunch and leaving a hundred dollar bill as the tip. There’s a husband and father who’s exhausted from work, but wants to listen to his wife share her heart and read bedtime stories to his kids.
Experiences leave a deep impression don’t they? What would the world look like if everyone had the mind of Christ? Tons of good, deep impressions that we would treasure. But we’re not so concerned about the world. We need to be concerned with us. We need to start having the mind of Christ today, where we’re at and who we’re with. This means having this mindset with our significant others, our children, our neighbors.
Let’s start there and see what happens.