Pondering Philippians (Day 4): Chapter 2, Verses 1-11
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.