Referred to as the Kenosis Doctrine, Philippians 2:5-11 (NIV) states, “In your relationships with one another, 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; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Surely if Jesus (‘who being in the very nature God”) humbled Himself and became obedient, even unto death, who are we not to humble ourselves? " Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18 NIV). I’d rather humble myself than to have God do it for me.
Lastly, the effective leader has exemplary character. Leaders cannot rise above the limitations of their character. As one beloved church mother told me years ago, “Baby, God can’t take you where your character won’t keep you.”
Amen Mother Alice, amen!