Philippians 2:5 (NLT) Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.
The ‘NIV’ translation says: In your relationships have the same mindset of Christ.
When I was a teenager, I recall a Christian wristband with the letters WWJD was trending. These letters were a reminder in any given situation “What would Jesus do”? I never did wear one because it wasn’t cool to me back then – but maybe the real reason was that it challenged me – it demanded that I consider the attitude of Christ, always.
When getting into a lift, I would always hold the door open for others I see coming. I would always show courtesy and kindness when driving in traffic. I would not always want to order or eat out based on my preferences. I would always be generous and give to my church. I would never carry discriminating thoughts or worse impure thoughts.
So, maybe this was the real reason I wasn’t wearing that band – it was challenging.
But the simple answer to “WWJD” is: Jesus would always choose the humble response.
And the Apostle Paul gives us three examples following Philippians 2:5, of what acting like Jesus means:
1. It means I don’t demand what I think I deserve.
Philippians 2:6 (TLB) Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his right as God…
The world today demands their “rights,” protesting in the streets. I understand the importance of human rights and freedoms, but as followers of Jesus, we need to model His style of living and not be people who demand. Grace, by definition, is ‘undeserving’ so we need to live with a humble gratitude.
2. It means I look for ways I can serve.
Philippians 2:7 Jesus took upon Himself the nature of a servant, becoming a human just like us.
Self-Esteem – doesn’t come through the size of our Salary; our Status or Stuff (possessions). Real self-esteem comes through Service. This is the true source of joy and happiness in life. This is how God wired us up to be.
One of the purposes of Church is to Serve. We serve in three ways: by giving our time, our talents and our treasures into the house of God (whether that's a house church or mega church), so it can be of service to the communities and cities we live in.
3. It means I do what is right, even when it costs me.
Philippians 2:8 (NCV) While living as a man, Jesus humbled himself even more, by being fully obedient to God, even when that meant his death on a cross.
This is talking about character and integrity in every area of life. It means we remain faithful to our words, even if it costs us. It means honoring business contracts even if it is going to cost us. It means fulfilling our pledges and vows to give, even when it costs us.
Like Jesus modeled, the only way you can live like Him is through humility. Every new day, make the intentional decision to pursue the path of humility. This is the way of Jesus.