“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:5-11)
Isn’t this just like motherhood? Who among us has not emptied herself, stepped aside from who she could have become, pour out all she might have done, and given herself up for another? Aren’t we slaves of a sort, until our children are on their feet?
Yet it is not self-immolation. It is not self-degradation. It is not poor judgment. No, it is Christological. It is being like Christ. And in becoming like Him in His death, we hope to become like Him in His resurrection.