Living Like Christ: Humility

Philippians 2:1-8

After resigning his pastorate to go lead another
church, a pastor was approached by an endearing
older member of the congregation. She wept over the
pastor’s decision to leave and said,
“Things will never be the same.”

The minister tried to console her by saying,
“Don’t worry, I’m confident you will get a new pastor who is
better than me.”

She continued to sob and replied,
“That’s what the last three pastors have said,
but they just keep
getting worse.”

Today we continue our series, Living Like Christ.
Our topic today is humility.

Philippians 2:1-8

For context, let me remind you of what Paul was
teaching in the first chapter of Philippians.

He mentioned joy in prayer and how grateful he was
that they were growing in their faith.
He also wrote about joy in suffering and how even
though he is in prison, God’s word is still being
preached.

In chapter 2 Paul writes of joy in humility.

Philippians 2:1-2

Paul’s telling the church in Philippi – learn from Christ.
Be like Christ. He is the perfect example.

He writes, make my joy complete.
Then he explains how they are to do it.

Be of the same mind – the mind of Christ
Maintain the same love – the love of Christ
Be united in spirit and intent on one purpose – this is
for the Body of Christ.
Believers should be united, not divisive.
Believers should have the same purpose.

Then Paul gives 3 Examples of Humility

Philippians 2:3-4

These verses give two negative behaviors and 2
positive behaviors.

Negative – don’t be selfish, don’t only consider what’s
important to you.

Positive – regard others as more important than you,
look out for what is important to others.

In a nutshell, the first example of humility is to be
Selfless
It starts in the mind. Having humility of mind means
that you put the needs of others first.
Humility isn’t about having a negative self image, it’s
about considering others before ourselves.
Relationships last when each party puts the needs of
the spouse above their own.
In the Gift of the Magi the man sold his watch to
buy combs for his wife’s hair. Unbeknown to him, she
had sold it to buy him a chain for his watch.
They both gave what was important to them to give a
gift to the one they loved.

Jesus was the perfect example of selflessness.
He came to seek and to save the lost.

He was never prideful or rude.
He never took credit for His healings and miracles,
He always gave credit to His Father in heaven.

Philippians 2:5-7

Here we see the second example of humility

Servant
Paul commands the church to have the same attitude
as Christ.
Jesus humbled Himself by emptying Himself.
When we think of emptying something we normally
think of pouring out something, or getting rid of
something. In this case, Jesus emptied Himself by
becoming a servant. Paul uses the word bond-servant.
A bond-servant served his master and submitted to
his will above his own wants/needs.

The point is Jesus didn’t just become man, He became
a servant to others.

All throughout the Gospels we read of Jesus serving
the sick, the demon possessed, the blind, the lame,
even tax collectors.

Remember when Jesus wrapped a towel around His
waist and poured water in a basin and washed the
feet of His disciples.

He served them, giving another perfect example of
humility.
The Bible tells us that Jesus didn’t come to be served,
but to serve.

Philippians 2:8

Here we see the final example of humility

Sacrifice
Not only did Jesus humble Himself and take on the
form of man, He humbled Himself through obedience
to the Father by going to the cross and dying for our
sins.

He knew how much He was going to suffer.
Remember when He was in the garden praying before
His arrest. He prayed asking the Father to remove this
cup if there was any other way, but there was no
other way. It was God’s plan for Jesus to go to the
cross.

Jesus knew that. It’s why He prayed, nevertheless,
not my will but Yours. He was obedient to the Father.

Jesus was sinless, yet He gave the greatest sacrifice.
He gave His life so that we could be reconciled to God.

This morning we are going to observe the Lord’s
Supper.

Turn with me to I Corinthians 11:17-29

Paul is upset with the church at Corinth because they
have not been properly observing the Lord’s Supper.

They didn’t have a proper understanding of humility.
They were being selfish and exclusive.

There are three things I want us to consider this
morning as we prepare for this ordinance.

Examine Yourself – confess your sin this morning
and forgive others if you are harboring unforgiveness.
Take an honest look at your life and confess any sin
that may be entangling you.

Consider Christ’s Sacrifice – Jesus gave up His life
and shed His blood so that we could receive eternal
life. His sacrifice was tremendous. Remember how
thankful you are for His sacrifice.

Proclaim Christ’s Death until He Comes – Lord’s
Supper is a wonderful reminder of the work that God
has called each of us to. He wants us to share the
good news with others until He returns. Each time we
drink from the cup and eat the bread we should be
reminded of His death and be ready to share it with
those who would listen.