Christ's Example

Jessica Heikoop

READ : Philippians 2:5-11

But made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant. (v. 7)

Human models of surrendering to God, like the apostle Paul, Jonathan Edwards, and Jim
Elliot, are wonderful. But the perfect model and example is Jesus Christ.

His coming to earth was in itself an act of surrender. He continued to surrender
throughout his entire life, for his top priority was to accomplish the will of God.
Finally, Christ expressed his surrender in the ultimate way as he gave his life on the
cross. He willingly and gladly gave himself up to bear our sins so that we can inherit
eternal life. It is only because of Christ’s sacrifice, his surrender, that we are saved.

Looking at the life of Christ as recorded in the Gospels, what we see over and over is
that he surrendered through the act of serving. As he himself put it, “For even the Son of
Man came not to be served but to serve” (Mark 10:45).

Since our “attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:5 NIV), this
is a lesson that we should apply to our own lives. Living a life of surrender to God means
following Christ’s example. It means imitating him in our own acts of service to


Jesus, we thank you for your selfless acts of surrender and pray that we will

learn from them.