I’ve been trying to start new prayer habits as I read the prayer book Draw the Circle by Mark Batterson. This will be my second time reading the book. This time I decided that I really wanted to mediate on the words and principles of prayer for each day. That has meant me staying on one day for a couple of days 😊.
One of things that caught my attention in the Introduction of the book is that it talked about how we should ask God what he would have us to pray. In putting that principle into practice, as I prayed one night asking God to give me direction on what he would have me to pray I heard the Holy Spirit say: “Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus.”
Here are the verses of Philippians 2:5-8 NKJV:
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 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.
Here is another translation I found to be helpful, MSG (Message Bible).
If you are familiar with the Bible you know that this passage is talking about the humility of the Savior. We usually just leave at that point. But as I studied the passage, God began to show me some the components concerning the humility of Christ. Having humility is not about being modest and it is certainly not about being weak as I myself have thought. When I think about all of the things that Christ endured that he didn’t have to endure, my heart fails me because I know I wouldn’t have done it. It’s going to be a work in progress for me to humble myself now.
Permit me to share with you a few of the components of the humility of Christ that God has shared with me. These things are the mind of Christ that we should have. I hope it blessed you as it has blessed me.
First and foremost, Christ was secure in whom he was. He knew that he was indeed God in the flesh!
I don’t know about you, but this is good news for those of us who are insecure. This tells me that being secure in whom I am is being Christ- like. It is having the mind of Christ. Own the person you have been created to be. Don’t go another day not liking the person you are. Don’t go another day regretting the past or mistakes made. Guess what? It is those things that have shaped you! Stop trying to be or be like someone else. Love who you are.
Because Christ was secure in whom he was, he knew that no one or anything could ever change or take away whom he is/was. He is God. He is the Great King of Glory.
Listen, don’t let your past or your present define whom God has created you to be. Don’t let circumstances define whom God has created you to be. And, this is the big one, most of all don’t let a person or people define whom you are. When people try to change you, more likely than not they’re trying to bring you down to where they are. God forbid! Don’t let anything or anybody rob you of being your God-created you.
Since no one or anything could ever change, take away or revoke Christ’s position, he didn’t have a problem making himself into the status of a slave. Christ making himself a slave didn’t change whom he was. He was still God!
Who you are is who you are. Most people think that being in the spotlight or being in the forefront is always the most prestigious. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with being in the spotlight or in the forefront. But what I’m saying is just because God has placed you in a not so prestigious position, doesn’t mean that you have no value. It doesn’t matter if you’re the headliner or the person cleaning the toilets. It doesn’t change the greatness that God has placed in you.
Let me also say that Christ MADE HIMSELF a slave. No one forced him to decrease in rank or status. He did it of his own free will. Don’t be ashamed to voluntarily take the low road or the road less traveled. We tend to think of it as being demeaning. But if we are to have the mind of Christ, it is the direct opposite.
In humbling himself as a slave, he didn’t find the need to brag or boast about whom he was because there was no need to do so. He was secure in the fact that he was and is God. His status as a slave didn’t change that he was God.
There is nothing wrong with being proud of our accomplishments. But if we have to continually throw it out in the air, it shows that we’re insecure. Not only does it show our insecurity, but it also shows that we are defined by a title, a degree, a job, money or whatever else we feel like gives us value. Christ’s value was found in the Father. Our value should be found in who we are in Christ and not in things, people or positions.
Though Christ was God he wasn’t arrogant. He didn’t demand that people treat him like the King he really was.
Just because we have some title, position or affiliation doesn’t mean we have to demand that others treat us as though we are better than them. Now, I’m not talking about giving respect and honor where it is due. I’m talking about purposely trying to exalt yourself when God has not exalted you. Because Christ humbled himself God exalted him. Philippians 2:9, “ Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.” Wait your turn. God will exalt you in his time.
What’s the bottom line?
Before we can have humility, we first have to possess security. How can we have humility if we’re not secure in whom God has created us to be? Doing something that we feel is menial or beneath us does not change or take asway from whom we are. Christ was/is a Great King. But he lowered himself to that of a slave!
Lord help me to be secure in whom you have created me to be so that I may do the work you have called me to do no matter what that is. Having the full knowledge that the work, the task or position doesn’t take away from or change whom you have created me to be. It doesn’t change whom I am!
Be Humble and Be Blessed
*Scripture references taken from Biblegateway.com