Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 2:5

If I had to choose one passage of Scripture that describes the core of who Jesus Christ is, I would select Philippians 2, which deals with the humiliation of Christ. This isn’t humiliation in terms of embarrassment; rather, it refers to the humbling of Christ as He took on human flesh and died the cruel death of a lawbreaker when in fact He was the only sinless man ever to walk the earth.

Verse 6 in this chapter affirms the deity of Christ, who “existed in the form of God” but who also “did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped.” Jesus did not selfishly hold on to His status as God; He gave it up for our sakes. His deity was never compromised—He did not cease being God—but He chose to leave heaven because of His love for us. Paul tells us we should have this attitude and be willing to relinquish our prerogatives for the greater good and glory of God.

Whenever you hold on to your own prerogatives, you risk missing out on God’s plan for your life and losing the very things you’re trying to hold on to. People are quick to claim their rights, to speak up for what they think they deserve. But we are to follow the example of Jesus, who humbled Himself so that we might be saved. Philippians 2:7 says that Christ “emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant.”

Jesus didn’t give up His deity, but He deprived Himself of the normal privileges of deity by taking on the form of a man—a servant. He did this entirely voluntarily. He didn’t have to. But He did it because He loves us.

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Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.

Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.

Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.

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