Our next blog series is titled Staff Picks - the Freshley interns will be talking about some of their favorite verses and passages in the bible. The passages will be from all different parts of the bible and we'll be sharing with you what these verses mean for us. Enjoy!

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death - even death on a cross!

- Philippians 2:1-8

Humility is never an easy task, but it's always worthwhile. Always. Paul lays out just how truly humble Jesus was, in the simplest way possible, and calls us to be like-minded. It's fairly eloquently written, but the message throughout the entire passage is simply this: put others first; serve them; be humble.

I tend to seek out Scripture that is very plainly written - that is, easily comprehendible. While some pieces are incredibly deep, buried in context, or simply out of my theological comprehension, I feel good when I find something I can holistically grasp. However, I may not share that sentiment with this passage - at least not very easily.

This passage hits me like a ton of bricks (and should for everyone). It isn't difficult to grasp. It isn't theologically complex. It's right down main street. The difficulty with a passage like this isn't how to understand it, it's how to actually find it within ourselves to do it.

Paul steps on everyone's toes when he says, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition." He doesn't say, don't be selfish in your heart. He says, "DO NOTHING," it's as black and white as it can be. Furthermore, he goes on to say, "Consider others better than yourselves." Again, it isn't some simple, "change your mind about this." It's a very clear-cut call for us to live this way. He challenges us to take on the very nature of Jesus as He lived on Earth.

I'll always be drawn to the simpler side of Scripture but not simply for the sake of simplicity. Rather, I'll always be drawn the the simpler side due to the its nature of calling us to live as simply as it's written - to simply live like Jesus. I love being challenged in a real way, in a way that speaks directly to the parts of me that aren't reflective of Jesus, and it causing me to want to be made more into His likeness. So be challenged today - live simply, consider those around you better than yourselves, and seek humility every way possible.

- Logan Johnson