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You must have the same
attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Read: Philippians 2:1-11
How can you have the same
attitude as Jesus? Philippians
2 gives a description of Jesus’
attitude. He left the glory of
heaven to come to earth as a
human. He didn’t give up any
of his deity, but he also took on
full humanity so that he could
understand and identify with us.
He was born into the family of
a simple carpenter and lived a
humble life. He wasn’t wealthy.
During his ministry, Jesus didn’t
even have his own home; he
often depended on the kindness
of others for a place to sleep
and food to eat. He willingly
died a criminal’s death on the
cross even though he had done
nothing wrong. Why did Jesus
do all this? Because he loves
you. He followed God’s will in
order to make a way for people
to know God and to be forgiven
for their sins. Jesus’ attitude was
one of humility, service, sacrifice,
and selflessness. When you act
in these ways, you become more
Dear God, To have the
attitude of Jesus means I’d
be completely focused on
others and not on myself.
I’m not very good at
doing that. Please help me
remember every day that
this is to be my goal.
In Jesus’ name, Amen
more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. 23 I’m
torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be
far better for me. 24 But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live.
25 Knowing this, I am convinced that I will remain alive so I can continue
to help all of you grow and experience the joy of your faith. 26 And when I
come to you again, you will have even more reason to take pride in Christ
Jesus because of what he is doing through me.
Live as Citizens of Heaven
27 Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in
a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come
and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing
together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith,
which is the Good News. 28 Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that
you are going to be saved, even by God himself. 29 For you have been given
not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering
for him. 30 We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in
the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.
Have the Attitude of Christ
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from
his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender
and compassionate? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly
with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind
3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of
others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests,
but take an interest in others, too.
5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Though he was God,*
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges*;
he took the humble position of a slave*
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,*
he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Shine Brightly for Christ
12 Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you.
And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the
results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For
God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what
14 Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one
can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like
2:6 Or Being in the form of God. 2:7a Greek he emptied himself.
2:7c Some English translations put this phrase in verse 8.
2:7b Or the form of a slave.