Higher and Higher

Philippians 2:7-8 (NRSV) 
“Being found in human form, [Jesus] humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death upon the cross.”

“Health Care Workers Around The World Are Dying To Save Us From COVID-19,” was the title of a recent HuffPost article.[1] In some countries the number of health care workers infected with the novel coronavirus represents well over 10% of all infections. One such nurse in the U.K. said, “I’m risking my life and the life of my family. I’m going to work, because I love helping people.” That said, health care workers across the world also face limited resources to protect them from the novel coronavirus, and yet they go to work every day until they no longer have the strength and/or die. This seems to me to be a powerful illustration of Jesus’ ministry on earth, at work every day until he died. Jesus did this because he loved us. That is an undeniable reason any one of us humbles ourselves to anyone. We could not truly humble ourselves unless we love. Anything less can be seen as insincere. It was a sincere act of love by Jesus to humble himself for our salvation. It is a sincere act of love by health care workers around the world to humble themselves for our survival. Collectively, they set a challenging example for us all. In a USA culture of pride in country, enabling some outrageous acts of conceit, we prepare for Easter through the season of Lent. During this season we Christians are reminded to resist the culture and exhibit our own humility toward our family, friends, and neighbors. What does it look like? Such humility can be seen in keeping a social distance, obeying the lockdown, obeying orders to self-quarantine. Have you humbled yourself? I’m reminded of the opening words of a popular praise song, “Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up, higher and higher.”[2]

“A great man is always willing to be little.” Ralph Waldo Emerson  


[1] https://www.huffpost.com/entry/health-care-workers-world-covid-19_n_5e7b343dc5b620022ab3c832

[2] https://wordtoworship.com/song/9018

About Pastor Steve

Pastor Steve Hodges is an ordained minister, pastoring a church in central Virginia.
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