This is one of the most powerful passages for me.
"5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father."
He humbled himself and became obedient to death
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place...
Jesus embraced the very lowest of stations. Jesus proved his pure obediance to God, his Father and accepted his fate.
What did he get from the free will choices? exaltation to the highest place. Obviously I want to live a live like that of my Lord Jesus. So I always challenge myself. Could I do that? When it is my turn to show my absolute obediance to my Lord, will I?
If I believe in God, if I believe in Jesus, then the answer must be yes. I almost want this challenge now. To show Jesus that I am ready and that I believe in him and embrace him as my Lord.
"continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. "
Reassuring that it is OK to have fear in letting go of selfish ambitions and following the Lord. It is scary. As I try to grow closer to God through Jesus, it is scary. To me, Christianity is how you live and breathe. I know that the path I am on is life transforming and it is scary.
"14Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe "
Like I said in the beginning this book is profound to me. I am not the obediant type. But if I were to obey, it would be to Jesus. Jesus I trust with my life.