Enduring the Cross

by Matt Larkin

Read Philippians 2:1-11

The first eleven verses of Philippians 2 represent, perhaps, my favorite passage of Scripture. Paul is encouraging the Philippian believers toward unity and humility in response to some of the problems within the church. By verse 5, Paul has turned his attention toward the example of Christ, instructing them in what Jesus actually demonstrated for us by descending from heaven to earth to walk among us.

Verse 8 is where Paul really zeroes in on the impact of the cross. In that verse, he wrote: “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” This, to me, is one of the things that is so truly impactful about Jesus. When we’re talking about Jesus, we’re talking about God the Son stepping down, not only, to walk among us, but stepping down to be executed at our hands.

This voluntary act, one done on our behalf as those who love Him, was, without question, the single greatest act of humility the world has ever known. So, armed with that information, I return you to verse 5, where Paul instructs the Philippian believers to: “have this mind among themselves, which is theirs in Christ Jesus;” and, ultimately, ours in Christ Jesus as well. Because of our relationship with Christ we are armed, through the Holy Spirit, with the tools to walk with the same humility and selflessness we see in the One we follow. This is absolutely amazing information which should inform massive transformation in our lives.

So, with these things in mind, as we approach this prayer emphasis month, a month where we are focusing on the impact of the cross, may our prayers be focused, at least in part, on seeing the humility displayed by Christ Jesus become more present in our own lives? May this be so . . . to the glory of our God and Father.

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