“The Attitude Of Christ Jesus” ( Philippians 2: 2, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

“Fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal,” writes Paul. That goal is to “make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5) Christ Jesus “emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:7) Once in the likeness of mankind, “He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even to death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:8)

We are to “consider others as more important than [ourselves],” looking out ‘not only for [our] own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3,4)

Look at Jesus — He did just that. He considered us as more important than Himself. He, “existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage.” (Philippians 2:6) For us, He was willing to die a most shameful death, “death on a cross.” He was willing to be “crushed severely,” “oppressed and afflicted.” (Isaiah 53:7,10) He was willing to be “despised and rejected by men,” to become “a man of suffering,” to “bear our sicknesses and carry our pains.” (Isaiah 53:3,4) “He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds.” (Isaiah 53:5)