What a fascinating way to develop our spiritual journey.
Paul’s letter to the Philippians is a kind of sherpa, if you will, to accompany us on our own pilgrimage through this life.
Philippians is the eleventh book in the New Testament. Paul and Timothy first visited Philippi, in Greece, during Paul’s second missionary journey, which occurred between approximately 49 and 51 AD. and it is written from a jail in Rome.
Rite of passage is a celebration of the passage which occurs when an individual leaves one group or season to enter another. It involves a significant change of status in society.
We are going to look in the book of Philippians at 4 or 5 RITES OF PASSAGE the if navigated correctly help us start Moving from and ORDINARY LIFE to an EXTRAORDINARY life.
Philippians 2:5-11 (the message)
Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, becamehuman! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.
1. I WOULD RATHER BE HUMBLED THAN HUMILIATED?
Vs. 8 He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Pride is concerned about WHO IS RIGHT …..Humility is concerned with WHAT IS RIGHT.
. WE CAN REALLY FRUSTRATE THE GRACE OF GOD.
But we have a cure for it!
“God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” – James 4:6
Humility isn’t denying your strengths; it’s being honest about your weaknesses.
3. DON’T YOU LOVE IT WHEN SOMEONE DOESN’T LEVERAGE THEIR ____________AGAINST YOU?
(fill in the blank)
Family , Wealth, Togetherness, Strength, Brains, Speed, Talent, Spirituality, Religion, Coolness?
Vs. 6 ” Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. “
He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. – Phil. 2:6 (Message)
In other words ….Jesus didn’t leverage being God over us….He didn’t take advantage or use “being God” against us.
Humility, according to Thomas More is, “that lowly, sweet root from which all heavenly virtues shoot.”
Stay humble or you’ll stumble.
FEELING SMALL IN CREATION AND HOW IT CAN HUMBLE US.
God created the human mind so that, among other things, we would be able to discover the beauty of his creation. God created us to be scientists – to be discoverers.
What about our amazingly ordered universe, the development of life on our planet, and the intricate systems that keep us and other beings alive – well, it just blew me away. You see, I always understood that God is an intelligent being, but being reminded – even in a small way – of the intelligence and creativity behind this world of ours – fills me with awe. And of course, contemplating the greatness of God also fills us with humility.
CREATION/THE EARTH AND THE UNIVERSE KEEP ON GIVING AND SERVING US …..IT IS A REMINDER OF HOW WE ARE TO SERVE.
Jesus set the example just like He set the order of things – to humbly serve.
Mark 10:45 – For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
4. SERVING OTHERS PREPARES YOU TO LEAD OTHERS.
“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Pride OR Humility? (Questions) VIDEO
Has everyone been served?