You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
As a believer we must live as Christ lived having the same intentions and attitude as him. We must live in love. Though he was equally like God he did not reside and exist in that nature. He did not want to cling and hold to God. Instead he wanted to surrender his divine holy privileges. He lived as a slave and died his gruesome death as a human humbling himself to those standards. While he was in flesh he submitted himself to God and his honor, living a selfless, obedient death a criminal’s death. A tortured death upon a cross. Dying a selfless and obedient death.
Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.
The things of earth and his holy status weren’t an obsession they didn’t lead his life. He provided in worship to his heavenly father. Obeying his father’s every word living a faith filled life.