Humility of Christ
Over the past few weeks, over and over, the Lord has brought me to this subject. This subject would significantly impact our nation, our state, our community, and your family. The theme is to imitate Christ.
Read: Philippians 1-2
The letter to the church in Philippi has been widely called “the rebels guide to joy.” In this letter, Paul is writing from prison. He is on his way to be executed for the faith. He was under the emperor Nero, Nero was an emperor that was known for using Christians as his night light—using Christians to feed his pets, and all manners of torture. This is the same emperor that Paul said that the Roman church was to respect and obey. This is the emperor that would Paul to death, and Paul writes about his joy.
1. Advance the Gospel. Paul looked at his imprisonment as an opportunity for the advancement of the Gospel. In prison, he would write letters to encourage churches, share the Gospel, and promote boldness in others. Have we viewed our current pandemic in this same light? Do we take advantage of the situation that we are in to advance the Gospel? Encourage others to remain bold in their faith, write letters to others to show love, share the Gospel with those who are perishing?
2. Imitate Christ. Chapter two of Philippians has long been one of my favorite chapters. Chapter two speaks to every Christian so directly. Whenever I am talking with someone, and I hear them say, “I want,” or those words proceed from my mouth, my heart is checked with Philippians Two. It is not about you. It is not about me. It is about Jesus. Our lives are to be lives that imitate Christ. That we seek the welfare of others above our own, that we seek the interest of others. During this time, I pray, I plead with you, do not seek your own interest. Let not your heart be settled by news channels; look to the Word. Let your heart look to the interest of others.
3. Don’t Complain. Isn’t that a tough one. Paul writes to the church, do all things without grumbling or disputing. What would our country look like if we did a little less complaining? What would the church look like? What would our church look like? Instead, let us be light. Let us be people that others see as a light to the world. Let people see us as instruments of hope.
Friends, when I read the book of Philippians, I am always convicted of my pettiness. We have so much to be thankful for. Even in the midst of a pandemic, shutdowns, and whatever else, we have so much to be thankful for. I am praying for you.