You’ve got to admit that we are not as unique as we’d like to think we are. There is a lot of commonness among us in our appearance, thinking, and sin. There is only One who is distinct, one-of-a-kind—and that’s God Himself. He can honestly say, “I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God …” (Isaiah 45:5). He is set apart from all creation and is to be loved and worshipped in the beauty of His glory.
When we finally come back down to earth from the heavenly throne that’s not ours to own, what can be learned from this great demotion? The apostle Paul, in Philippians 2, provides exactly what we need. Rather than beating up his audience, he encourages them with truth and then sets them on a mission. Notice what he writes:
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection
and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:1-11 ESV)
Christians have every reason to be pumped and filled with joy—we have all this encouragement, comfort and participation in the Divine. We have something so much better than being one in a million. We are in Christ and
that’s more than enough to satisfy the deepest hunger of our soul. Paul then moves on to instruct in how we are to act. First, don’t do anything with the motive of getting more or looking good. Second, consider or value others above yourself and look for ways to promote their wellbeing and interests (not just your own). Finally, remember the gospel. The Second Person of the Godhead, Jesus Christ, took on human flesh looking to the needs of others. Through His obedience He has redeemed many who now have a new desire to magnify the One and Only Son of God. This is the only thing that will truly captivate the hearts of the common and transport them into greatness.