Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Philippians 2:5-8 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross
There is perhaps nothing more ironic than a King becoming a servant, saving the very ones who were His servants in the first place.
In Christ we find the perfect example of humility. He alone could boast of all the good works He accomplished or of how great He is, yet He chose a crude birth and a lifestyle among commoners.
Materialism and comfort might have appealed to his flesh in that he was 100% man and 100% God, but He did not want those things. They were distractions from the calling His Father had for Him. Instead, He was single-minded in His humble approach, prizing the cost of a soul as superior by far to being praised by man.
Sober-minded and dependent upon God, Christ modeled the wisdom of humility. He captivated the hearts of His enemies not by ruling over them, but by loving and serving them.
There will come a day when Christ returns in righteous judgment, but He first exhibited godly leadership that sacrificed and made Himself subject to the very ones He sought to save.
By laying down His own life, He made a way for the prideful, lost ones truly in a humble position to know their majestic King.
Lord, thank You for demonstrating what it means to not live for self, but to live for the glory of God, instead. Thank you for choosing a humble life that we might know You!