In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, Paul encouraged the Philippians to strive to imitate Jesus. But where do you start with such a task? How does one imitate Jesus? Of all the examples that Jesus left us, which should we strive to imitate the most? Which should be our priority? Paul responded in this way:
Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, counted it not a prize to be on an equality with God, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men; and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, yea, the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:5-6)
In this passage which retells the sacrifice of Jesus, Paul highlights one particular aspect of Jesus’ life, and that is, that Jesus voluntarily became a slave. Paul was telling the Philippians that the one attitude that we should strive to imitate from the life of Jesus is striving for the attitude of a bondservant—a slave.
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Author: Philip P. Kapusta
Keywords: servant, slave, slavery, servitude, mind of a servant, mind of a slave, immitating Jesus, immitating Christ
Bible reference(s): John 13:13-14, Philippians 2:7
Source: Philip P. Kapusta.
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