Your attitude should be the same as Christ Jesus… Philippians 2:5
It’s a humbling thought, isn’t it? The King of the Universe came down to be with us. God the Son ate and worked and played with people like us. Why? Why? Why do you suppose He left the glories of Heaven to “stoop to our level”? Why was it so important that the Son of God would take on flesh and blood to be like us? In today’s vernacular, it would be “what was He thinking?”
Scripture goes on to state that he “made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant.” He came as a servant, served humanity like no one has ever done before or since, then died a servant’s death – on a wicked cross.
Servanthood comes in all forms these days, much as it did in Jesus’ day. Putting others first, that’s Biblical servanthood. The verses prior to Philippians 2:5 gives us this admonition: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others.
I still am baffled about why Jesus left the Splendor of Heaven to be with us. Of course, I know the theological reasons: to save humanity from itself and from the punishment of eternal damnation, but why?
What had we done that was worth saving?