Just Like Jesus
Alex Enabnit – Research Editor
This weekend we continued our Philippians series right where we left off last week!
Last week, Cal closed the message on Philippians 2:1-2, which is basically Paul’s call to unity. But to have unity, a key component is necessary, and that’s what verses three and four are all about.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:3-4
If you haven’t done it already, this would be a great passage to highlight! Paul is saying that in order to have unity in the church, there are two things we must overcome: first, selfish ambition; second, vain conceit. Of course, this is a very easy principle to understand, but hard to live by. I mean, is it even possible??
The short answer is yes, it can be done! Jesus is the example of a completely selfless life, as Paul beautifully describes in verses five through eleven. And though we won’t be able to follow Jesus’ example perfectly, we can get closer every day by the grace of God! Cal gave us just six ways to overcome selfish ambition and vain conceit, or in other words, how we can begin to “lose ourselves.”
- Serve someone anonymously
- Empathize with someone’s weakness
- Refuse to win your next argument
- Do the hard work of reconciliation
- Forfeit a right
- Bless someone who can’t repay you
What other ways can you think of that would help increase selflessness? And, now that you have multiple examples, will you do the hard work of living them out?
To find joy, lose yourself!
Verses and quotes from the sermon:
Romans 12:3-4; Philippians 2:1-11; Mark 10:35-45; James 3:16; Proverbs 26:12; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:3a; 2 Corinthians 8:9
“Here’s the funny thing—everybody says that Jesus Christ was the greatest man who ever lived, or at least one of the greatest who ever lived. But for some strange reason we all deny the principles that made him great. He never did any of the things we say you have to do if you’re going to be great. In fact, He flatly contradicted the things that we insist that you’ve got to do if you’re going to be great. The Lord Jesus summarized it very beautifully, ‘He that is going to be greatest among you has to learn to be a servant.’” Stuart Briscoe, Bound For Joy
Only King Forever – Elevation Worship
What a Beautiful Name – Hillsong Music
Jesus Paid it All – Kristian Stanfill