Lent

Names of Jesus Day 12: Servant

I’ve had many conversations about what it means to be a servant, more specifically, Christ-like, over the last several months.

It’s a pretty simple concept, but what makes it extraordinary is that we are talking about God. He comes to us in human form to live among us. He teaches and performs miracle because he is God. Yet, he humbles himself, as a man, and not only that, but as a servant. His end goal is to serve his fellow man through his earthly actions, most notably, dying on the cross.

He is God, He is King, yet he portrays himself as humble servant to show us the power of God’s love for us.

While there are many passages in the Scripture that talk about Christ being a servant, this is what came to mind as I was writing my devotional thoughts.

2 “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”. – Philippians 2:2 – 11, ESV

Jesus did not dwell on himself as God, but truly took the form of man.
Jesus showed obedience to his Father.
Jesus encouraged humility through counting others before ourselves.

Jesus is our example of what it truly means to be a servant. My prayer is that I can more intentionally look at his actions as a servant and find humility in loving others, just as He loves us.


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