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January 17-18, 2018

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Reading along with us in Philippians? Here’s today’s reading:

Philippians 2 (ESV)

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, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.....Continue Reading

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  1. 5Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father❤️ Amen!

  2. The ifs in verse 1 are more like sinces. Since these things are true of you, then do this. So all we have in Christ is intended to develop in us unity, in identification, concern and purpose. If we imagine ourselves growing closer to God, when that happens, by definition we grow closer to each other. But it will require us setting ourselves aside. It is interesting that Paul tells them and us to consider people better than us rather than considering ourselves less than them. I wonder how significant the distinction is for those who would struggle with insecurity and thinking less of themselves. It is important to remember that humility is not about beating ourselves up or thinking less of ourselves than what God would. But it is about recognizing Him as the source of everything we are and not thinking of ourselves better than others.

    And just in case you need a reference point of what that humility looks like and how we consider people more important than ourselves, think of Jesus. Look at all He surrendered to be our Savior: He gave up heavenly glory to come to the earth and inhabit a body, He then allowed Himself to be killed and even worse to be killed on the cross. But when we humble ourselves, God lifts us up so in being lifted up God receives the glory and not us. And that is exactly what God did for Jesus. He is in the highest place. Everything and everyone will be accountable to Him because of the sacrifice He made. And He is worthy of that! Amen!

  3. 3Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

  4. So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.❤️

  5. I spent some time meditating on what it means to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Certainly God is vested in our sanctification and we should be too. There is an expectation on God’s part that we would reflect externally the transformation that He has wrought internally. That is what we are working out. And to do it with fear and trembling recognizes the significance of it, both the privilege and obligation, the implication and the effect, what the world will be missing if we do not become more like Jesus. It is serious business and we need to be intentional about it. And when it gets hard and we are being pressed by the service and sacrifice that are inherent in being like Jesus, do everything without arguing and complaining……selah…….

    And when we do that, what happens? We shine like stars in the universe. I like that picture. How desperately our dark world needs points of light directing their attention to God. Are we in?

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