Discipleship | Lesson 10 | Devotion 3
Philippians 2:5-7 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.
The word “Christian” actually means, “little Christ.” In application, a Christian is someone who should look and like their Saviour. This is easily said, but rarely done! While Scripture is packed with different attributes and attitudes of Jesus Christ, there is one that is overwhelmingly evident – Jesus Christ was a servant. All throughout the Gospels, we see Jesus serving someone in one place, healing someone in another, and helping people along the way. We are reminded of the serving heart of Christ once again in Philippians 2.
Many Christians know to be like Christ and many even know that Jesus was a servant, but they fail to serve. Why have many Christians chosen to dismiss the service of Christ in their own lives? Could it be that we do not have the attitude of service that Christ had? Could it be that we do not have the heart for others that Christ displayed on earth? Of course, we are busy and of course, we all have places we need to be, but we serve ourselves rather than serving others!
There are not less needs in the world. The command to serve and be Christ-like has not ceased. Many Christians understand the need and the command, yet they fail to serve. What if we could develop an attitude to serve? What if we became so Christ-like that we served others like we saw Christ serve in the Gospel?
To become a Christ-like servant, the Christian must become “of no reputation.” Christ’s attitude of service was not founded in the multitude of needs, rather, His attitude to serve came from His humility. As we humble ourselves and become like Christ, we are developing an attitude to serve. When we realize that our life is not about ourselves, we are developing an attitude to serve. Take the time today to examine your attitude to serve. The needs are many and the command is still in place, will you serve?