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The Joy of Humility - Part 2

Sun, Sep 27, 2020
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Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. - Philippians 2:5–8 (ESV) Your true desires and character are often revealed in the pressure cooker of stressful situations. When the things you rely on get removed and the bare, raw realities of life are exposed, we simply have nowhere to run. It's in those moments that our selfishness is seen. Paul had lived in that state for many years. Imprisoned and awaiting a verdict that could mean release or death. In the midst of this, he found joy in humble service. Where did that orginate from? This week Paul points us to the center of the doctrine of Christ. His work and example provides not only the path but the power to live humbly in the middle of our strains and stresses. I want to encourage you to read and worship in Philippians 2 as we prepare to look at this passage. Many consider it an ancient hymn (that might even pre-date Paul). Take some time to slow down and soak it in. What is it telling us about Christ's nature, character, and work? And how does that help us to live beyond our selfish defaults?
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