If you missed the first part to this series (Christ-like: Our Calling), before you read any further, click here to catch up.
I want to continue this series by exploring in detail the example Christ set for us. I believe the cornerstone attribute of being Christ-like is HUMILITY.
HUMILITY = THE EYES OF CHRIST
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.
Philippians 2:3-5 NIV
Before I go any further, I want to clarify, the humility I’m talking about is not our humility before God, but rather, our humility towards others.
This humility is outworked in the way we see people, and how we value them. In the above scripture, the Apostle Paul is encouraging us to take on the mindset of Christ in all our relationships and not just the relationships where it’s easy to value the other person.
Humility is very simple, yet often hard for our humanity to cope with, it’s about not looking at ourselves, but rather looking at others. Taking our eyes off our own interests, desires and agendas and focusing on the interests and needs of another.
When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
Matthew 14:13-14 NIV
This moment in the life of Christ sheds a lot of light on what it looks like to be Christ-like. Jesus had just received news that John the Baptist, his cousin and friend, had been beheaded.
Naturally, as any of us would, Jesus withdrew and attempted to find space to process this news. Yet even at this emotionally painful point in Jesus’ life, when He was confronted with a crowd full of needs, the bible says he saw them… He saw past His own hurts, and saw the hurts of the many, he chose to value them, despite his own situation.
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I’ve found that the health of our relationships is hinged on our ability to look past ourselves and SEE the other person, as both people do that, both people are seen – in the relationships where you feel you’re seeing the other person, yet they’re not seeing you, be encouraged by the fact that God see’s you always.
In fact, our only hope of being consistent in valuing others above self, is to know that God values us completely and totally, therefore not needing to fight for it anywhere else.
Hope this has helped!