So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Being in Christ, finding comfort in his love, the Holy Spirit’s presence in your life, and godly affection will lead us toward a lifestyle oriented toward unity, humility, selflessness, and an attitude reflective of Jesus himself. Jesus’ rule and reign have such a profound impact because the manner by which he achieved it was so dramatically different.
God took on human flesh in an act of humility and servanthood that is unheard of. This isn’t just the CEO cleaning the restrooms. It’s not merely the President collecting garbage. It’s more than the Queen Mother doing dishes. This is the Eternal Son of God serving, suffering, and dying. It is God’s manifestation of love by means of sacrificing his Son for our sake.
Jesus did this for you. Now he is exalted to the place of highest glory. Now his name is above every name. To him every knee will bow. Sunday morning worship may well be an opportunity to bow the knee to Jesus. But our knees bow best when Jesus’ followers unite in his sacrificial humility, compassionate faith, and encouraging affection in our daily lives.