Before obedience comes

The story of Christ is the most moving of all time. The God who became a man to die for men. Such self-sacrifice and humility has no comparison. Philippians 2 describes it while prescribing a similar life for ourselves.

The book of Philippians tells us to humble ourselves just as Christ did. That we should be willing to die just as He did. Verse 8 says, “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

Humility and obedience hand in hand. Christ only wanted to fulfill His Father’s purpose.  He was humble and he became obedient.

Look again at that verse. “He humbled himself, and became obedient . . .” A quick glance at the grammar will show us that Christ’s humility came before his obedience. And that is exactly how we are to live our lives. We are to humble ourselves, and then our humility will cause us to become obedient.

Do you have trouble listening or following directions? Do you struggle “finding time” for devotions. Or being consistent in prayer?

Perhaps the underlying problem is that your opinion of yourself is too high. If you had a firmer grasp on the reality of your condition versus God’s position, it would not be so difficult to obey. Your schedule would find Christ at it’s utmost priority, and your consistency in attending to spiritual service would excel even your eating and sleeping patterns.

I challenge you, take time today to make sure that you have a proper view of God’s position in  your life. Humility produces obedience. You can measure the realness of your humility by the patterns of your obedience.

Let us humble ourselves, that we may become obedient unto death – even the death of our cross.

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” – Matthew 16:24

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