Philippians 2:5-8: “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.”

Jesus has absolutely no sense of entitlement. He could very well think: “As the Son of God I’m entitled to this or that” – but that’s just not who Jesus is.  There is not a shred of arrogance in Him.  Seeing the opposite happening in the world around us on any given day, I perceive Jesus’ attitude as a breath of fresh air!

Because of His humble attitude He voluntarily and unconditionally signed up for life on our messed-up planet. He did not come as a superhuman – He was no superman as we know it, who was flying around intervening with superpowers to counteract evil. He was the unassuming son of a carpenter in the small Middle Eastern town of Nazareth, who grew up, was taught in the synagogue along with other children and learned his father’s trade, which neither seems glamorous nor spectacular. When He left His carpenter trade and became a traveling teacher He brought the Kingdom of God to the people. To silence Him He would end up being executed by the Roman authorities only three years later. Jesus did not even hold on to the most basic human right – the right to live. Whether it was human rights or divine privileges – he did not hold on to anything. He did not think of Himself better than others, and He died between two criminals even though He never committed a crime; Jesus listened to what each of them had to say and empathized with them.

Living this kind of life Jesus lived the dream – “How so?” You might ask. “Who wants to end up being mistakenly executed?” The dream that Jesus lived was the dream of freedom. Jesus’ life breathed freedom, a life uninhibited by the anxieties that come with wealth and reputation; it was a life without regrets because even though sin was crouching at His door He mastered it. Jesus was tempted like everyone else but He did not fall for it. Jesus lived a life of freedom, and not even death could hold Him. Our Heavenly Father brought Him back to life, and He rose from the grave with the intention to provide this very same freedom to all who believe in Him.

In order to experience His freedom, we need to let go of everything we think we’re entitled to and understand that everything is a gift from God – including our very lives. That’s precisely the attitude of Christ. We are promised that with the attitude of Christ our lives will be revolutionized; and we will find that believing in Him – we will never be the same!

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