A Slice Of Humble Pie

Philippians 2:5 – In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: (NIV)

I love this verse. It says something I never noticed before and I spent two years studying Philippians with my Young Adult ministry. I also like the NIV version (You can make the bible say whatever you want by using different versions can’t ya). Considering what this verse says, “in your relationships” we can get a definite idea with whom we’re supposed to have the mindset of Jesus. Even those relationship that are acquaintances as well as those that are momentary relationships; business, or recreation.

So in any moment where relations are being created our attitude should be that as Christ had towards God.

  • Your not equal to your relationships, you’re a servant
  • Put yourself in their shoes
  • Make yourself a little lower than them (humbleness)
  • Die to yourself for the purpose of making them into something better

Philippians 2:6-8 gives us an amazing idea of humbleness and servant-hood towards those in our lives. Just like Jesus had every right to see himself as equal to God, he didn’t. He didn’t have to come to earth and sacrifice His earthly life.

When we do this Jesus exemplified the anointing that will be placed on our life. Although we won’t “be exalted to the highest place and gave the name that is above every name, that at the name of you every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth”


you should “take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, ‘Friend, we have a better place for you!’ Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” – Luke 14:7-11


About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

3 Responses to A Slice Of Humble Pie

  1. KellySinging says:

    Amen! Love those verses in Philippians. Sometimes it’s the most difficult to respond with an others first type of heart with those who are the closest to us, because of familiarity. Like our family, for example, but that would be a great place to start.

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