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05/28/2010

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And He Will Lift You Up


"Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let us esteem one another" (Phil. 2:3).

In the cultures at the time of Jesus, humility was not a prized value. It was more than likely associated with poverty and meekness. The rich of the time controlled men and resources and received deference because of their status and social standing. The poor were humble because they had to be. Failing to show this humility at the right times could lead to physical punishment or worse. Christians stood against this culture. Jesus did not accept what was the common wisdom of the day. He was not in the least bit ashamed to say; "for I am gentle and humble in heart" (Matt. 11:19). Paul urges his readers to also adopt this attitude. The NASB renders today's passage this way; "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another more important than yourselves." Those who follow Jesus have no desire to exert power over others, but rather are satisfied to be servants. Paul said; "for when I am weak, I am strong" (2 Cor. 12:10).

I like the way Paul gets to his main point of humility within the church in verses 1 & 2. In verse one he uses the word "if" four times...He follows this by using the word "then." I would paraphrase his words this way: "If you want to really be imitators of Jesus in your fellowship, then you will embrace His characteristic of humility." That Paul wanted the church at Philippi to be at peace is a given. He says in verse two that they will make his "joy complete" if they are humble in their hearts. The church is more than a group of people who have made the same confession of faith and belief. Through the Spirit of Christ we are to allow our love and humility to melt us together. A group of individuals, that because of shared belief and the attitude of humility, have the desire to contribute to the body. When our attitude of humility comes into agreement with Jesus', this will become an integral part of our commonality. The part that respects and thinks highly of one another. The part that considers one another more important than himself. The part that looks to the interests of others. It is only through taking on the humility of Jesus that this becomes possible. God exalted Jesus after He humbled himself..."So humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up."

Have a wonderful day...Make a difference... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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