Saturday, April 6, 2019
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves… instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form;” (Philippians 2:1-30)
This is the summary of Christian living. There’s no other life to live in the Christian milieu apart from this in the whole of Philippians 2. Pause for a while; think about the person of Jesus who became flesh, died because of you. The question is: as a human, didn’t he have the rights to his own choices above that of the divine will? We live in a world today where everyone thinks that he or she is entitled to a long list of rights not guaranteed by the Bible or the constitution. You can short list all rights you know within you.
Visibly, the demand for rights has gotten us out of hand in the world. But the bible has another script to this scrabble. Apostle Paul gave an antidote for Christians caught also in this snare. His advice is to imitate Christ, who sacrificed his rights as God’s own son to save his people.
Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” The “mind” of Christ means the “attitude” Christ exhibited. As you read, I pray the Holy Spirit opens your mind again and you consider how you can become more like Christ, our humble Lord and Saviour.
I declare my rights for the course of the divine calling. I no longer exhibit my character but the Christ-like attitude. I give myself away dear God so you can use me. Hallelujah!!
Mk. 10:42-43, Phil. 2:1-30, Jam 4:1-10
A man not knowing his identity is like a man with a car not knowing where to place the key.