Song of a Servant

Joel Plantinga

READ : Philippians 2:1-11

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.(v. 5, niv)

Is there anything more annoying than when you can’t get a song out of your head? Unfortunately it’s usually not a profound piece of music that grabs me and won’t let go. Instead, a silly jingle or catchy tune from an advertisement starts looping endlessly through my mind. When that happens, I find myself constantly humming or whistling or singing the song without even thinking about it, as I carry on with whatever I’m doing.

Philippians 2:5-11 is believed by many scholars to be a hymn that the early church would sing or recite when it gathered for worship. The Christ Hymn is a song that speaks of the attitude of Christ, one marked by humility, condescension, obedience, service, and ultimate vindication and glory.

Imagine what an impact the church would have on the world if we all had the “Song of our Servant Lord” playing through our heads at every moment. Consider the effect on ourselves if we unconsciously put on Christ’s attitude day in and day out. This is the song that our spirit was made to sing, and one that our world desperately needs to hear.


Heavenly Father, we thank you for the servant’s heart of your Son. Place that heart within us, so that we may reflect Christ’s love to others. Amen.