I’m going to diverge from the list I found that gave me the initial list for this series. The reason being, the list was the top 100 searched verses on biblegateway.com. When it comes to memorizing verses, it’s not always beneficial to memorize just one verse. In fact, it may be much more useful to us if we memorize more than one verse, as the ideas aren’t always contained in one verse.
So, today, I’m going to challenge you to memorize more than one verse. Eleven actually. And yes, before you get all huffy, I have a very good reason. In this verse we find some of the best descriptions of a “Kenosis” theology in scripture. Whoah, smarty – big word. It’s only seven letters, it’s not that long. Not nearly as long as some of those pharmaceutical words (case-in-point), though it would be a good title for a laxative pill. It means to empty yourself of your own will and become entirely open to God’s will for your life. This passage shows how Christ set the ultimate example for us by doing that himself.
When you memorize a verse, it gets in your brain and works into your subconscious. When it gets in you like this it starts to become a part of you. And when you start to become like the scripture you have memorized that is a great thing. This verse summarizes in a great way how we ought to live as members of the body of Christ.
Another reason I love this passage is that is moves us to worship. When we see how much Christ sacrificed and how much he gave for us, we are moved to respond. We see how every knee will bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and that moves us to want to do the very same right here and now.
Add this to your list of verses to memorize, and it will deeply impact your life forever. It has mine!
2:1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7 but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.