The question for today is: How’s your relationship with God?
Your relationship with Christ matters. It’s the most important relationship we will ever have. Let’s take a look at Philippians in verses 2:1-11 which describes a life worthy of the Gospel.
***Before we continue on with Philippians, first things first, before I continue. I am not a Bible scholar. I don’t have a degree in theology. I am just a woman who desperately wants to understand the Bible and develop a deeper walk with Jesus. I try my best to state truth and understanding. I pray that anything I say here that is untrue or misunderstood will be forgotten and only the good stuff is remembered.
I am using the SOAP Method of Bible Study.
Scripture: Slowly read and color code Philippians 2:1-4. Paul starts this chapter by describing four aspects of the Christian experience. What are they?
Observation: The Christian experience includes “…whatever strengthening and consulting and encouraging in Him, by whatever persuasive incentive there is in love, by whatever participation in the Spirit, and by whatever depth of affection and compassionate sympathy.”
Application: God continues to encourage and strengthens us in sorrow; He comforts us in love; with a relationship with the Holy Spirit; with grace and compassion. All of these aspects of a Christian life paint a strong picture of God’s love for us and what we experience when we have a relationship with Him.
Scripture: Continue reading 2:1-4. Paul give us a number of commands. What are they?
Observation: This is a big if/then statement. IF we experience this from God’s love in verse 2:1, THEN we are to act this way in verse 2:2-4.
Application: What are we to do?
- “…complete my joy by living in harmony and being of same mind and one purpose.” That is to say be of the same mind as fellow Christians, spreading the Gospel to those who don’t know the power of Jesus’ name.
- “Do nothing from factional notices or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance.” We know Jesus. We know His power but we are not to be arrogant about it. Instead approach non-believers with “…true spirit of humility let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself.”
- “…look upon and be concerned for not his own interests, but also each for the interests of others.” Let’s look out for each other. Have we been hearing this one a lot this year or what? “We’re in this together” but we seem to forget that once someone disagrees with us.
Scripture: Explore and color code 2:5-11. Paul instructs us to adopt a mindset to be like Christ. W.W.J.D. (What Would Jesus Do)?
Observation: How does our understanding of Christ’s nature help us understand how to live and walk like him? Remember, Jesus was God himself, but he was also human. He walked our world just as we walk this world. He knew all too well the hateful nature of man. He saw firsthand the suffering of the beggar on the street, the crippled and lepers forced to beg for food, and being ignored by their fellow man. Jesus wan’t a stranger to the suffering and hurt of this world. (2:6) He lived it to the very end.
Scripture: Verse 2:7 says, “But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant [slave]…” He became human.
Observation: In the words of Marty McFly, “That’s heavy.” Jesus was God himself. He could have come to earth as a King, lived the high life, wanted for nothing and wielded his power over servants. But he didn’t. He chose be born to a virgin who was betrothed to a Carpenter. He was born in a barn along side cattle! Jesus learned the trade of carpenter as well. He did not enjoy the riches of man. He was a lowly carpenter, and He humbled himself to man. Let that sink in.
Remember the story of Jesus washing his disciples feet? [John 13:1-17] The King of Kings washed the feet of men!
Application: We are instructed to act and love like Jesus, humbling ourselves to one another, show great compassion and grace, and do it all without expecting anything in return.
Right now the world seems upside-down and doing none of these things. It’s up to Christian to show others the love we experience through Jesus Christ our Savior. Showing that love is bigger than words.
Scripture: Continue reading and color-coding 2:12-16. Does it ever seem as though your compassion and grace doesn’t make a difference? It does to me. I try to do right by others. Or, feel like I give and give, but get treated poorly in return. Then, I get pushed too far, I lash out and don’t act very Christian-like. That’s because I am human.
Observation: Verse 2:15 tells us that we are to hold ourselves up to a higher standard than the world. Without arrogance, we walk with Christ, we strive to be without blemish. Verse 15 goes on to instruct us to be “…among whom you are seen as bright lights in the [dark] world.”
God created the stars and calls them by name, [Psalm 147:4] just as He has called us to offer “…the Word of Life, so that in the day of Christ I may have something of which exultantly to rejoice and glory in that I do not run my race in vain or spend my labor to no purpose.” [2:16]
Application: Even though we may feel like we are failing, we continue the race. We continue to act and love like Jesus. We must speak in love and truth. We strive to be like Jesus who was God in human form. Trying is never in vein. And when we stumble, we get back up and try again because Jesus is on our side. Because we were created in His image. [Genesis 1:27]
Prayer: Dear Lord, Just as you created all the stars in heaven, you created me for a purpose. Help me shine brightly in all that I do. Help me show grace even when I don’t feel like doing so. I am yours. Show me your way. In God’s name I pray, Amen.
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