TO SERVE LIKE CHRIST

December 22, 2017

PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11

TO SERVE LIKE CHRIST

 

As the world becomes a harder place to live, the ability to care about the interest of others becomes harder. A survival mentality culture is a culture that cares only about oneself because when you feel like your life is being threatened you can only think about your own needs rather than others. The crazy part about this is not that people look out for themselves when they are endangered because that is only a natural built in response but that it is crazy when people still only care about themselves when there are no real threats to their safety!

 

Yet Jesus shows us something different. He shows us how powerful service is because the ability to serve someone wholeheartedly can only be done by people who are strong. Wholehearted service requires a person to be secure in their identity and is not driven with the need to prove oneself. They are not empty in love so therefore can give love truly and Paul today shows us that the powerful life of loving service that Jesus displayed is a life that the church must adopt. Not hope to adopt but MUST!

 

Here is Paul’s exhortation to the Philippians.

 

5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a]

 

One thing is for certain here, what Paul is going to encourage the christians to do is that the way of thinking that he wants them to adopt is possible because it is already there’s in Christ. He is saying to them, that to be and act like Christ is possible because you have Christ in you when you received Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior!

 

Take Away: What God calls you to do is possible by His grace and it is only impossible when we try to do things our own way apart from Him.

 

6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,[b] 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men.

 

The mindset and lifestyle that Paul calls the Philippians to adopt is one that Jesus modeled, a life of security in one’s identity and serving others. As stated in the beginning, when you realize who you are, you don’t have to hustle to be something you already are. The other response to those who don’t know who they are is that they hustle to be who they are not. So how do you figure out who you are? You have to live life and learn things along the way but the most important thing to know is that your identity is found in what God says you are. When the world says you are hopeless, God has hope for you. When the world says you are too much, He may say it too but sticks with you because He knows you beyond your craziness. When the world does not love you unless you act a certain way, God loves you with unconditional love that will change you along the way.

 

Jesus was able to love fully and was a person that can love the most hated sinner because He was secure in God the Father’s love and who God the Father said He was regardless of circumstance, “This is my son in whom I am well pleased.”

 

Take away: Genuine loving service to others starts from a place of being secure in who you are in Christ, which is a fully loved son or daughter of God!

 

8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,

 

Jesus loving service ultimately led Him to willingly lay down His life for people. Jesus Christ was the purest example of a loved filled servant in that He died for people that did not appreciate iif anything hated Him. Does this mean you die to others? Not necessarily. What it does mean is that you die to yourself in that you don’t have to get back at someone because your ego has been hurt. That when an opportunity to do good or show compassion rises up that you don’t turn the other way but choose to love and honor. That at the end of the day, your service unto others isn’t dependent upon the response that you expect but regardless of it you still serve with all that you have. Jesus died for everyone, even the ones that will never accept that loving sacrifice but He didn't die for the some but for all!

 

Take away: To love with sacrifice is to love without being driven by responses.

 

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.

 

One day everyone will acknowledge Jesus for who he truly is. Notice however that every tongue will confess that He is Lord but not Savior! Why? When Jesus comes, the chance for people who have rejected Jesus now will no longer be able to acknowledge Him as Savior and thus sealed their fate with their choice. As the time of Jesus is coming near, we must more than ever not simply focus on our own lives alone but seek to save the lost through love and compassion.

 

Take away: One day, all will bow down to Jesus, whether you bow down in joy or reluctance will be dependent upon your choice in this life! Therefore if you have not chosen Jesus today as LORD and Savior, do so! But if you have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior then love others so that they too have a similar chance!

 

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