Philippians 2

Even though the Christian journey is full of trials, tribulations, and difficulties – and so often these are the places where we see the Holy Spirit at work in our lives and in our world – there is also rest. “Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest’” (Matthew 11:28 NLT). On this Sabbath, take comfort in the knowledge that following the way of Jesus is difficult, but we may always find rest in him.

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

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.

Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
     and gave him the name above all other names,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
     in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
     to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:3–11 NLT)