Developing Man in the Image of Christ
Becoming the Man that Christ is
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself,
and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
It is tough to be humble when you are just so perfect, right? That may be our thought process at times because we hold ourselves in high regard. This kind of thinking is nothing short of the pride of life rearing its ugly face. When pride enters destruction is soon to follow.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came into the world as man. He was born of a virgin, fully man and fully God. He entered the world not as a king but rather as man to reveal the way to God. As He came to us as a man his first act was to humble Himself to the will of God. He came and revealed the way, not only to God, but also the way to exaltation by God. The Apostle Peter tells that if we would humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God that He would lift us up.
What then does it take to humble yourself after the fashion of Christ? If you will study the verse you will see a couple of aspects that lead to being a man like Christ. The first is the aspect of God the Father. Jesus Christ came to save man because it was the will of the Father. Jesus cried out at one the greatest moments of his passion, “nevertheless not my will but thy will be done.” His humble nature had everything to do with a proper perspective of God. If you are to become a humble man you must develop a proper perspective of God the Father. His character is where you are to start. Getting to know Him will develop this perspective.
This perspective developed in turn develops a proper perspective of self. A proper perspective of self will keep you in touch with reality. It will fight the desire of the flesh to promote your own will and agenda. If you are able to realize that you are not any better than any other man, you will understand your true self-worth. Which, by the way, is not worthless. If Christ was willing to die for you than you must see you are of great price. Self-worth really causes us to realize that I am to be a servant of Christ and a servant to all men. You can only serve as you have humbled yourself. Follow Christ’s example and humble yourself before God. You will find in doing so, wonderful new heights that God has for you.