Read Philippians 2:1-11.
"For the joy set before him, he endured the cross" (Hebrews 12:2). What joy compelled the Son of God to suffer crucifixion? What joy compelled the divine King of the universe to leave His heavenly throne, enter our brokenness as a poor man with nowhere to lay His head, and, though sinless, suffer mockery, scorn, beating, humiliation, and death?
We do not become joyful people by making much of ourselves, but by making much of God, the only one deserving of praise.
It was the joy of our redemption, the joy of ushering all believers into the glorious throne room of God now and for eternity (see Ephesians 2:6-7). And ultimately, it was the joy of bringing glory to Almighty God, who extends grace and mercy to sinful people.
Do you long to experience unshakable joy? We do not become joyful people by making much of ourselves, but by making much of God, the only one deserving of praise. Today, respond to Paul's call to take on the attitude of Jesus (see Philippians 2:5-8). Set your eyes on the Savior.
If Christ, who from eternity deserves exaltation, made Himself low, how much more should we? When we comprehend the enormity of the cost of our redemption, it will humble us. And far from making us depressed or discouraged, this humility will produce deep, soulful rejoicing, for God is worthy, and He saves and exalts the humble.
Prayer: Lord, I long to be a person of unshakable joy. I know this comes by focusing on You. Help me follow You by the strength of Your Spirit. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
". . . have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage" (Philippians 2:5-6).
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