He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Philippians 2:8
Obedience isn’t a very popular thing in our culture today. Entitlement totally is.
Obedience is perceived as something more simple than it actually is. It’s perceived as an act only for small children and unethically kept slaves. It’s perceived as a way to surrender one’s independence in order to let someone else lord their over them. It can even be perceived as weakness and a character flaw.
Entitlement, stated as such, isn’t directly thought of as a great thing. But when people are indirectly asked if they deserve this or deserve that, nearly everyone will answer yes. We are a society that believes we deserve to see all our dreams come true, deserve to be happy above all, deserve to have the world at our fingertips – I mean, why not? We’re all “good” people at our core, right?
But this verse describing Jesus completely flies in the face of all these perceptions. It suggests that obedience and humility are intricately tied together. He chose Himself to become so lowly in this world, taking on a criminal status. This was all in order that He could obey God – that’s how important obedience was, that the Son of God Himself obeyed divine will.
We are supposed to imitate Jesus’ attitude and lifestyle (Ephesians 5:1). That means, we’re called to be counter-cultural.
I’m still exploring more about how this tie between humility and obedience is lived out. What are your thoughts on how these two tie together and how they interact with our society?