Read Philippians 2:3-10
“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” (v. 7).
There is an account told about the Civil War general, George B. McClellan. He fancied himself to be a great military leader and enjoyed hearing the people call him “a young Napoleon.” However, his performance was less than sensational. President Lincoln commissioned him General-in-Chief, hoping this would get some action, but still he procrastinated. One evening, Lincoln and two of his staff members went to visit McClellan, only to learn that he was at a wedding. The three men sat down to wait, and an hour later the general arrived home. Without paying attention to the President, McClellan went upstairs and did not return. Half an hour later, Lincoln sent the servant to tell McClellan that the men were waiting. The servant came back to report McClellan had gone to bed!
His associates angry, Lincoln merely got up and led the way home. “This is no time to be making points of etiquette and personal dignity,” the President explained. “I would hold McClellan’s horse if he will only bring us success.” This attitude of humility and willing service helped to make Lincoln a great man and a great President. It is that same attitude which made Christ our perfect example. (Marshall Mosley)

Would you rather have a great reputation or a great reward in heaven?

This devotional is the Sunday, November 8, 2015 entry of Opening the Word.