Pondering Philippians: Chapter 2, Verses 3-11
I don’t want to put you first. Can I be that honest? It just is not my flesh’s first inclination – to think of what you want or need before my own wants and needs. And, let’s just be real here, you do not want to put me first either.
You and I live in a world that wants us to believe that it is all about us. Every man for himself, right? And, in reality, that would be a much easier way to live. But it is not the way of Christ.
…but in humility count others as more significant that yourselves. – Philippians 2:3
That just flies in the face of our natural instincts, doesn’t it? How does that even make sense? What if I put you first and you do not put me first in return? Admit it, we have all thought that.
Here is what I have come to realize. I can put you first. I can see your need and try to meet it even if you do not return the favor. You know why? Because God has my back. I do not have to look out for myself because He has His eye on me. I can focus on you because He is focused on me.
Humility and obedience are two sides of the same coin. I simply cannot be obedient to the life God has called me to unless I am a humble person. You want to know why? Because you are going to hurt me. And I must love you anyway. You are going to turn a blind eye to my need. And I must help you anyway.
Humility reminds me that we are only human and that I could do the same thing to you. And I, at some point, most likely will. I will hurt and disappoint you. And I need you to love me anyway. I will, either knowingly or in ignorance, turn a blind eye to your need. And I need you to help me anyway.
Our humility leads to our obedience. And God honors obedience.
Therefore, God has highly exalted him… – Philippians 2:9
Therefore, in this passage, refers to Christ humbling Himself and becoming obedient to death on a cross. God honored Christ’s humility and obedience.
And He will honor yours and mine.
Stacy Edwards is a trucker’s daughter and a pastor’s wife. She is a freelance writer and a homeschooling mom to four fabulous little girls. Stacy blogs at Servant’s Life where she uses her words to point others to the hope and encouragement found in Christ. If you need her, she’s probably hiding in the bathroom. You can follow Stacy on Twitter (@sjedwards.)