i love Philippians 2.
three verses in, it states plainly:
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit”
which reads like w h o a okay.. okay God that’s sort of hard i’m used to doing things for me myself plus proud a bit is okay one what??
then it goes
“but in humility consider others better than yourselves”
which is just number one lol when you read it you might think AIYA Jesus confirm exaggerating la sometimes God also uses hyperbole or extreme examples right?? cannot be that i must consider others better, more worthy than myself.. i am not bad what..
but nope lol it just escalates because v6-7 is all
“[you should imitate Jesus’ atittude], who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped
but made Himself nothing
taking the very nature of a servant”
and where does the path of servanthood and humility lead? verse 8 reads:
“He humbled himself, and became obedient to death, even death on a cross”
that’s the Gospel right there. that we always think AH COME ON, i’m not THAT bad, and can’t i look to my own self-interest, it’s so tiring to be selfless, i’m quite a good person really…
then you see Jesus, and you realise that Christianity is just death, a slow and painful death to my own selfish desires and interests that, when left unchecked, often grow into crippling fear and insecurity. i have often stared down these ugly bits of me and longed to be rescued.
but like Christ’s example, it is a death that brings life – it brings life to others when i stop being fixated on me, and dying to myself is the beginning of living for Christ – of what Jesus calls the ‘true’ or ‘abundant’ life.
that is why 2 Cor 4 reads:
“we always carry around in our bodies the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body”
For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. And we can serve because He first served and saved us, and we can love because He first loved us :–)
have a blessed Sunday friends 💖