(1-11) Christ’s Example of Humility
Although He was God, Jesus the Christ humbled Himself by becoming a man and a servant to men. He emptied Himself of glory. He minimized His divinity in order to identify with humanity. He left the highest heights of Heaven for the lowest point on earth – the point of death. It was not selfish ambition that drove Christ to the cross. He had nothing to gain from being beaten, scorned, nailed to a cross, and forsaken by His Father. But He counted us more significant than Himself. Because of His selfless love and humility, God has now exalted Christ above all of creation and has given Him a name that is above every name.
When we follow the example of Christ and humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand, He will exalt us in due time.
(12-18) Lights in the World
We are not only to obey the Word of God and do what is right when a spiritual authority, such as a pastor or youth leader, is around to see us. But even when we are alone, we are to engage in work that reflects our salvation. We have the will to do good works because of God’s working in our lives. We are to shine as lights in contrast to the twisted and crooked world around us.
(19-30) Timothy and Epaphroditus
Paul acknowledges Timothy and Epaphroditus as two people who have faithfully worked with him in spreading the Gospel. Timothy is helping Paul because he is seeking the interests of Jesus the Christ, not his own interests. Epaphroditus risked his life and nearly died for the work of Christ, but he still serves the Lord with no regard for himself. We should be equally passionate about Christ and be equally invested in His work as Paul and his companions were.
Favorite verse: (9) Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name.