THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
THE HUMILITY OF THE CROSS
Today’s reading: Philippians 2:5-11
We are called to follow and imitate Christ. We are to “have
among (ourselves) the same attitude that is also (ours) in
Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:5). That is a very challenging
call. Many look to the joy and blessings of following Jesus,
and those certainly will be there. But many miss out on the
very crux of Jesus’ life and work. It is going to the
cross where he won salvation for us all.
we are called to follow Jesus, as we are called to be like
him, as we are called to carry on his work of salvation, then
inevitably we will encounter the cross. Unfortunately this
is when many give up, lie low, veer away, or reject what God
offers. This is indeed unfortunate, since the cross is always
the prelude to and precondition for glory.
What for us is the way of the cross, in the example of Jesus?
Jesus, “though he was in the form of God, did not regard
equality with God something to be grasped.” (Phil 2:6).
We do not cling to authority, position, power or privilege.
Leaders are servants. Those who are first must be last of
all. The greatest is the least. We come not to be served but
Jesus “emptied himself, taking the form of a slave”
(Phil 2:7a). Jesus has purchased us at the cost of his precious
blood, and we belong to him. We are mere slaves and have no
personal rights or privileges. We exist to serve our Master.
We try not to stand in God’s way with our pride, selfishness
and stubbornness. We empty ourselves so that God can fill
Jesus “humbled himself, becoming obedient to death,
even death on a cross.” (Phil 2:8). We go where God
tells us to go, we do what God tells us to do. We do not insist
on our own directions or priorities. We are submitted to God’s
authority through the elders He places over us. We are ready
to give our all, even our very lives. We rejoice in the cross
What was the result of Jesus’ attitude? “Because
of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name
that is above every name” (Phil 2:9). When we do not
seek glory, God bestows it upon us. When God knows we can
handle spiritual success, He pours it all out and allows us
to do greater things. When we have been emptied, we are filled
with all good things that come from God.
“at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those
in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue
confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the
Father.” (Phil 2:10-11). This is what we hope to achieve
in our life and service. We evangelize and go on mission,
proclaiming the salvation of Jesus. We want all to accept
Jesus as Savior and Lord.
can only happen as we become instruments formed in Christ.