Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2)
If our Lord was simply an almighty King sitting on his sovereign throne commanding us as his subjects to serve and to suffer for his sake then that sort of call would certainly feel like a burdensome mandate that we were forced and obligated to carry out. That is why the apostle Paul takes time to point out the proper motivation for Christian suffering by providing the beautiful portrait of Christ’s own sacrifice for our salvation.
Our Lord is not simply an almighty King sitting in glory on a throne; our Lord is the almighty King who also hung in agony on a cross.
If the sovereign eternal God of the universe was willing to experience the ultimate act of humility by taking on the form of his own creation and then willingly allowing that creation to crucify him in order to save that very creation, then shouldn’t we be willing to endure hardships here on earth if that’s what it takes to honor him and to serve others?
How tragic it is to consider that the Creator of the universe was willing to be crucified by his opposition, and yet sometimes we are too afraid to even be criticized by those who oppose us.
May we consider the cross and find the courage to suffer whatever it is that we may have to suffer for the name, honor and glory of our Creator and King. Our Lord took on the humiliation of the cross in order that we might become new creatures. Lets follow his lead and humble ourselves by becoming his servants who sacrificially love others even when they don’t love us back.