Philippians (pt 2) - Learning How To Live Like A Servant
This week Pastor Mike talks through Philippians 2 - this chapter is chock full of amazing challenges, expectations, and realities. We have the owners manual to life, the Bible…but way too often we live like we don’t.
What would church be like if it was more like the church the scriptures describe? Could we take Paul’s words here and hold them up as a standard in our own churches? Paul tells the Philippians to make his happiness complete, that he would be able to present the churches as fully pleasing to God at the end of his days, by serving each other.
Paul admonishes the church in Philippi to agree wholeheartedly with each other, love one another, and work together with one mind and one purpose. He exhorts them to keep from being selfish or trying to impress each other, and to be humble and think of others better than ourselves.
Paul continues by challenging them, and us, to serve each other with the attitude or heart posture of Christ - who washed the disciples feet and suffered death on the cross to be reconciled with them to the Father!
There is a direct correlation between how we choose to live our lives and how much of the presence of God we experience. Relying on, and putting our faith solely in Christ’s redemptive act on the cross is what brings us into the mighty Kingdom of God - and our lives should be lived in such a way that it is evident to all that we are in another kingdom, another family!
We must prepare ourselves for the reality that is coming - the scripture says that one day every eye will see, every knee will bow, every person who has ever lived will know, that Jesus is Lord. We must take Paul’s words to the church seriously, and evaluate ourselves.
We must ask the Holy Spirit to show us where we need to make changes in our lives so that we live more and more like the church (in its original intent) every day. The Lord didn’t make a list of rules to make sure we don’t screw up too much or to control us…He shows us the ways of the Kingdom so that everything that hinders love can be removed!
Read through Philippians 2:1-13, that’s where the message focuses this week.