In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Man is made solely from humus, the earth itself, and Jesus, as God Incarnate, was at once both flesh and divine. No one is more humble than the Creator Himself assuming His shape from the dirt He created. No one is more humble than the Son of Man, washing dirt from the feet of the disciples, including one about to betray Him. No one is more humble than God the Father giving up His only Son in order to save us from our wretchedness.
Charles Spurgeon reminds us “the infinite becomes an infant” and “infinite majesty stoops to man’s infirmity.” C.S. Lewis suggests “God has landed on this enemy-occupied planet in human form.” Humility in action to become human.
As flawed and selfish mortal beings, we want to fight humility with everything we’ve got — we desire recognition, wealth, pleasure, status. Instead, our model of humility was born in a stable, never owned anything nor came from a home village that honored Him when He visited. It is extraordinary He willingly descended to us so we can ascend to Him; we climb from the humus of our existence to the holiness of everlasting heaven.