~ This blog post is an adapted excerpt from a sermon by Brad Ettore. You can hear the whole sermon, The Role of Humility in Our Lives (part 5), from Agathos Church – a non-denominational Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio by clicking here.
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.” (Phil. 2:5-7)
We are supposed to be like-minded with Christ. Humility should be easier for us than for Him, simply because Christ actually was equal with God!!! It would not have been robbery for Christ to be equal with God – because He was! BUT He made Himself a baby! Humility obeys. Obedience is a behavior of humility. Jesus was obedient TO DEATH. That was the degree of His obedience! Whatever the Father asked Him to do, He would do. THEREFORE . . . God also highly exalted Him and has given Him the name which is above every name!
“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name . . .” (Phil. 2:8-9)
God is not self-centered . .. there is no darkness in Him. So, God is not trying to take anything from anyone. The reality of God’s perfect goodness makes God so safe to us! Any thoughts we have to take advantage of someone . . . God never has ANY of that. It is impossible for God to even think like that! That sort of deception is not even in Him!
PURE Goodness flows from God 24/7.
Pure love flows from God at all times! Every act He does, Every word He says is HOLY and PERFECT and PURE! We want EVERYTHING that comes from God . . . because it is GOOD! If God says “do this,” we should do it! Because we question God’s goodness, humility often feels like loss to us – instead of gain. But Jesus did not consider it a loss . . . He was anointed with the oil of gladness!
Humility without limitation is met by exaltation without limitation!
Jesus had ultimate joy, ultimate wisdom, ultimate peace, and ultimate strength. These are fruits of humility. The idea that humility will be a loss is an absolute lie! Just the opposite (gain) is what will happen if we will humble ourselves before God.