He humbled himself. Philippians 2:8
Jesus is the great teacher of lowliness of heart. This truth is in stark contrast to this world's value system. According to the centuries old valve system, amassing wealth and power are the ultimate goals of a life well lived. Doing your own thing, independent of anyone telling you what to do is seen as the definition of a fulfilling life. As some modern Christians are blinded by adopting this fallacy, it brings secular skepticism of God's commandment to love our neighbors.
I suspect the Biblical passage of Jesus stating it is easier for a camel to enter through the eye of a needle than a rich man into the kingdom of God (Matthew 19:16-20) is pure foolishness in the world's lexicon of success. Worldly wealth creates a sense of great personal achievement. This sense of independence elevates one's self worth creating a self blindness to the needs of others. Their attitude towards the poor and oppressed is they wasted their opportunities and deserve the troubles of poverty.
Jesus teaches us that service to God's kingdom requires a sense of our own weakness! God cannot bless His child who marches in his own strength. Those who serve God must serve Him on God's prescribed manner (humbly) or He will never accept their service. Acting on a sense of Christ's selfish-less love for us has a greater tendency to humble us than even the consciousness of our guilty behaviors!
Let us reject the self-serving position of the pompous man of pride and let us bow down in lowliness at Jesus's feet in order to serve Him! Pride does not exist beneath the cross. The constant battle we fight against this world's darkness can only be won by humbly using God's armor and applying His spiritual weapons embedded in His divine strength! Only God is strong enough to keep us faithful to His righteous expectations.
Song: Strong Enough
Forgive me if I'm wrong
But this looks like more than I can do
On my own
I know I'm not strong enough to be
Everything that I'm supposed to be
I give up
I'm not strong enough
Hands of mercy won't you cover me
Lord right now I'm asking you to be
When I am weak
I can do all things
Through Christ who gives me strength
And I don't have to be