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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 2:5-8 ESV)

When challenged by Satan in the wilderness, Jesus refused to turn a stone into bread. Satan sought to push Jesus into pride by using his power for self-gratification or by showing off by jumping off the Temple and being rescued by angels (Luke 4:1-13). Jesus only used his power to serve others. He never used his gifting for self promotion but lived under the authority of his Father. Jesus was the most humble man and yet the most powerful man who ever lived. He was born in a stable to a working class family.

The Son of God is the pattern for how we should live our Christian life. As sinful creatures we can grow in humility by studying and meditating on the life of Jesus while seeking to emulate him. Jesus never sought to force obedience on anyone. And instead of urging his followers to take the lives of others, he taught them to lay down their lives as he himself did.

He left Heaven and made himself of no reputation and humbly became a man. He washed the dirt that he had created of the feet of those he had formed from the dust. He never called for an armed rebellion, as he taught his disciples to arm themselves with love. He walked a narrow road and the call is the same for all that would follow him today.

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