“And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:8

Imagine that you are the most powerful person in the world. There is nothing you can´t do. Every president of every nation and worldwide organization obeys your commands. You have it all, and there is no need you can´t meet. You can do as you please. Now think about voluntarily relinquishing that position in order to have a simple, sometimes even difficult life. That is, to a limited extent, what we see in today´s verses.

This passage is known as the “kenosis” of Christ, the doctrine of Christ’s self-emptying in His incarnation. The Greek word “kenosis” literally means to empty. It comes from the Greek word “kenos,” which means a place or a vessel which contains nothing.

Jesus´ life didn´t start in the manger. He always existed. But, by being born as a child, incarnating Himself as a human, He decided to empty Himself to take a human form. Why would He do that? Because He had to die on the cross and shed His blood for the forgiveness of the sins of all humanity. In order to die, He had to be born.

Jesus added humanity to His deity and gave us the ultimate example of humility. He was mocked, shamed, and humiliated in public. He endured temptation, was hungry, thirsty, and tired. He chose to suffer and to die. How do we dare to think of ourselves as better than anyone else? Jesus emptied Himself while we try to fill up with as many things as possible. Reading these verses is a humbling cure for my proud heart.

Dear God, forgive me for the pride that battles to fill my heart. Help me follow Jesus´ example of humility. Help me do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility, count others more significant than myself. Amen.

Mini challenge: Have a sincere talk with a friend or family member about humility. How can we practice it on a daily basis? Brainstorm some practical ideas.


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Angela Perritt

Angela Perritt

Angela Perritt is the founder and director of LoveGodGreatly.com, a nonprofit online Bible study ministry reaching thousands of women in over two hundred countries around the world with God’s Word through their translated Bible studies. She and her husband live in Dallas, Texas with their three daughters. Angela is passionate about God’s Word and believes one woman in God’s Word can change a family, community and ultimately a nation. Her greatest joy is to encourage her children and others to love God greatly with their lives one day at a time. You can connect with her on Instagram.

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