That cuts to the heart of everything – Jesus in Nazareth, continuing in the tradition of His father’s work, working with wood, helping to raise the family. He had no reputation.
But emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men. – Philippians 2:7 ESV
But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. – Philippians 2:7 KJ21
It would seem that since we fell by pride we can only be raised up by humility. In the beatitudes, was not the first one being poor in spirit. As a disciple, I need to learn from Him who was the example of being meek and humble. Hard to imagine that Jesus could display the highest values of dignity and conduct Himself with such humility. Humility in Jesus looked like self-denial, patience, forgiveness, gentleness, submission, and self-control.
I know that in my walk as a disciple of Jesus I have to be careful that in my strategies and struggles, I do not lose sight of God and His purpose. As I am tempted to come up with some kind of shortcut for success, I come to the realisation that there are no shortcuts. Maturity in my faith and discipleship are lifelong pursuits. I grow through the Word, prayer, spiritual disciplines and godly relationships. Those are still tools. He is the means.
By being more dependant on Him, I have a better attitude that creates better actions. Yes, I still ask myself from time to time why I should be willing to give up a great salary, comfort, fun and even friends to follow Jesus as His disciple. Jesus gives me things that are eternal while those things are limited and temporary.
Jesus is worth following because no one is like Him. He is unique, stands in a class all His own. When I was far from Him, He came looking for me. As I received Him and acknowledged and worshipped Him, He gave me life.