Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Lord Worthy of Praise
In this passage, Paul exhorts the church at Philippi to be like-minded, have the same love, and be one in spirit and purpose by setting before them the example of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Being united with Christ was a prerequisite to achieving this unity in the church. v1-2
When we have accepted Christ as our personal savior, we are comforted by God’s love for us, demonstrated in the sacrificial death of Christ. We take the forgiveness offered to us for our sins and are assured of the hope of eternal life. We are encouraged to carry on with our responsibilities and to live out God’s will because of the righteousness that comes through faith in him. When we have fellowship with God through the Holy Spirit who lives within us, we are able to have fellowship with one another. When we expect and have experienced the compassion of God in our lives, we become tender-hearted and compassionate to the needs of those around us.
Paul further lays out how this oneness can be achieved. We are to pursue nothing that serves our personal agenda. Selfishness, pride, and arrogance have no place in the life of a child of God. In humility, we are to regard others above ourselves. v3-4
Paul points us to the supreme example to be followed, the mindset of Christ Jesus. v5. Christ who in essence God, gave up his position, privileges, and majestic glory, became human and took on the humble nature of a servant, and became obedient to death – even the humiliating death on a cross. He humbled himself to suffering and death for us, to pay the hefty price for our sins, and to set us an example. v 6-8.
How is my attitude? Am I humble? Do I consider others better than myself? Am I willing to suffer? Am I obedient to His calling? Let us evaluate our own lives and pray for a new beginning.
“Therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” v 9 – 11. He is our Lord, worthy of all praise, power, and honor, and every time we confess him as Lord, we give glory to God the Father.
Help me to submit to the Lordship of Christ, imitate Christ’s humility and have the same love, to be one in spirit and purpose with one another
Thought for the day:
“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” 2 Corinthians 5:14-15