Our being stuck can sometimes be a form of self-centeredness. When we dwell on ourselves too much we end up comparing ourselves to others in an unhealthy way. To help get us unstuck the Apostle Paul redirects our attention to Christ’s willingness to be our servant. This alone has the power to produce true humility in us. Humility isn’t thinking less about ourselves, but thinking about ourselves less so that we put the interests and needs of others ahead of our own, just like Christ Jesus did for us.
Scriptures: First Lesson: Numbers 11:21-30; Gospel: Matthew 8:1-3
Sermon Text: Philippians 2:1-11
My Next Steps
Point to Ponder: We usually see emptiness as a negative thing—whether it’s our gas tank, our bank account, our pantry, or something else. But Jesus showed his love in the greatest way possible by emptying himself (being humble—putting our interests before his) for us, and he tells us that emptying ourselves for others is a great source of joy and peace.
Treasure to Share: (Jesus), being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:6-8)
Action to Take: Choose one person (or more!) whom you will serve (empty yourself) this week and expect absolutely nothing in return.