What happens to the “old man” when a person makes the decision to put on Christ in baptism (Romans 6:6; cf. 2 Corinthians 5:17)?
In 1875, Theodore Monod wrote the song, “None of Self and All of Thee.”
- Oh, the bitter pain and sorrow
That a time could ever be,
When I proudly said to Jesus,
“All of self, and none of Thee.”
- Yet He found me; I beheld Him
Bleeding on th’ accursed tree,
And my wistful heart said faintly,
“Some of self, and some of thee.”
- Day by day His tender mercy,
Healing, helping, full and free,
Brought me lower while I whispered,
“Less of self, and more of Thee.”
- Higher than the highest heaven,
Deeper than the deepest sea,
Lord, Thy love at last has conquered:
“None of self, and all of Thee.”
The more we learn about the Lord, the more we should desire to be like Him; the more we should “lose our minds” and, in the words of inspiration, “let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” He is our ultimate example in everything: love, meekness, mercy, and humility.
“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.” (Eph. 5:1).
“Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” (1 Cor. 11:1)
Read Philippians 2:5-8. How did Jesus humble Himself? When he took “the form of a bondservant,” and came “in the likeness of men,” who were His earthly parents? If you had been in Christ’s position, are those the parents you would have selected? Or would you have chosen parents with higher social or political status?
How obedient was He, according to Philippians 2:8? What was His prayer as He faced the reality of His crucifixion in Matthew 26:39? Are we that obedient? Should we be? Read Revelation 2:10.
Read Philippians 2:9-11. What did the Father do as a result of Christ’s humility? What will happen to us if we practice humility? Read 1 Peter 5:5-6.
What are some examples of Jesus’ humility prior to the cross? Read John 13:3-17. What do you think of washing someone’s dirty feet? Who usually took care of the washing of feet? Why would Jesus take it upon Himself to perform this act?
Can you think of a time that the apostles did not demonstrate humility? Read Mark 10:35-45. What did James and John ask? How did Jesus respond? How did the other apostles react? Do you think they were mad that James and John asked, or that they didn’t think to ask first?
Jesus wanted to rid His followers of pride and selfish ambition, so He took it upon Himself to perform a task that was seen as one of the lowest, most menial acts of service one could do. In washing His disciples’ feet, Jesus shows that every act of service—no matter how “menial” we see it—is important, and everyone needs to be willing to serve whenever needed.
Philippians 2:4, “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Think about some acts of service that you can perform for others in the church, or at school, or in your own house. Opening doors for others, picking up trash from the pews (it doesn’t matter who left it—if you see it, pick it up), cleaning up after yourself or after your brothers or sisters at home, or volunteering to do chores or work.
Galatians 6:10, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”