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January 14th, 2018 - Phil 2: 3-4

                   Daily Devotional <> Sunday <> January 14, 2018

     Unity based on Christ's example of humility -2 <> Philippians 2:3-4

                       Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   In the Ministry or the Christian life nothing should be done through selfish ambition or conceit, since these are two of the greatest enemies of unity among the people of God. Selfish ambition is the desire to be number one, no matter the cost. Conceit speaks of pride or self-promotion. Whenever you find people who are interested in gathering a clique around themselves or in promoting their own agenda, you will find the seed of contention & strife. The remedy is found in part-b of this verse. (In lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself). This does not mean that you should consider criminals as having a better moral character than your own, but that we should live for others unselfishly, putting their interest above our own. It is easy to read an exhortation like this in the Word of God, but quite another thing to really appreciate what it means, & then how to put it into practice. To put others above ourselves is completely foreign to the human mind, & we cannot do it in our own strength. It is only as we mature & allow the Holy Spirit to live inside us & empower us that, we can ever live this life.

   The cure of the troubles in our lives among the people of God is to be more concerned about their interests rather than our own. In a very real way the word “others” is the key to this chapter. It's like this, as we give our lives in devoted service to others that we rise above the selfish strife of men.

Charles D. Meigs writes “Others, Lord, yes, others, Let this my motto be, Help me live for others, that I might live like thee.)

   Let this mind be in you which is also in Christ Jesus. Paul is now going to hold up before the Philippian people the example of the Lord Jesus. What kind of attitude did He exhibit? What characterized His behavior toward others? Guy King has described the mind of the Lord Jesus as:

First: the selfless mind. Second: The sacrificial mind. Third: The serving mind. The Lord Jesus consistently thought of others.” (Charles H Gabriel wrote: He had no tears for His own griefs, but sweat drops of blood for mine.”