Sunday, 23 January 2011
11:21:04 PM (GMT)
The focus of this entry is on Phillippians 2, which is a chapter that is very often
quoted and is well worth reading and putting a tab into.
Philippians 2:5-8 reads "In your relationships with one another, have the same
mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!"
So in short, seek to temper your attitude to be the same as Jesus'. Its not easy, as
with most things it is a process. Treat others, not just family or friends but
enemies and strangers as Jesus would. Love them as he does and let it show in your
words and actions. A phrase I love to use "To give up my right to hate you for
The bible makes many references to being a servant. People tend to think it is the
same as a slave, but often in the word is written "Bondservant". A bondservant is a
free man who willingly becomes a servant to another man or a family and in those
times was treated as a secondary citizen yes, but usually treated as a member of the
family. Imagine kiiind of like a maid or a butler I suppose. To be a servant by
Philippians 2:3-4 reads "3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.
Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own
interests but each of you to the interests of the others." Verses like these are
often mistaken for commands. "Do this, be this, act this way or else" but that is
not the real tone. These are instructions on how to be, because telling someone "be
like Jesus" can be a little directionless in specific situations.
Humility or to be humble does have multiple meanings depending on its use and the
situation. In the bible the word only has one meaning. Not to have pride or
arrogance, even when you have very good opportunity to do so. Jesus could have
strutted around saying "I am the messiah, I am above you. I have done this, this,
this and this. Who are you compared to me?" but on the contrary he chose to be a
bondservant to the people around him. When people were surrounding him with
questions and pleas he showed them kindness and great patience. When he was being
cursed and threatened he did not explode, as he had the right to, and say something
like "I am the son of God, who are you to place judgment on ME? I'm here to help you,
you selfish idiot" and turn them into dust. When he was on the cross, which was a
death reserved for lowlifes and was never done to a Roman citizen, he did not hold
contempt for the hypocrites who used their power to sentence him for selfish reasons
but instead had sympathy and love for them. "God forgive them for they know not what
Often when I seek to be humble I end up missing the mark. I become desperate, which
Jesus never was. Jesus never fell to his knees and begged someone to listen to him,
as I have. I really am desperate for those I love to see what I have seen. But
groveling is not the right way.
We who call ourselves Christians need to remember the feeling when we first fell in
love with God. The wonder, humility, love and forgiveness that was once so natural
to us. Where has it gone? It should be the plea of our hearts and souls to learn
more about our beloved savior and to happily and thankfully share what He has so
freely given us.
I never want nor mean to make anyone feel they should act like Jesus out of
guilt or fear of God dropping a piano. God- through His son has done
and shown so many wonderful things that I cannot deny how right He is. I have been
given God's grace and I want so much to share it.
Who Am I?
Sometimes I think I might have messed up God's will. What if I was supposed to have
saved this person by now, but messed it up? I'm not perfect, neither are you. But
never, ever put a limit on God. God is perfect, and he can use an imperfect
tool like me perfectly. I CANNOT SCREW UP SO BIG THAT GOD CAN'T USE ME. I CANNOT
"FOIL" GOD'S PLAN. God has never said "well, that isn't what I expected."
I'm not Jesus, and I never will be. But is that any kind of valid reason not to try
to be more like him? I cannot feed five thousand with a few trout and a loaf of
bread, but God can still use me for amazing things. Things I won't fully grasp until
the day I die.
Once when I was talking with a friend and feeling particularly low she said "Everyone
screws up." So I replied "But not like I do." And she gave me this look like I had
said something really silly. She followed it up with "And everyone thinks that,
too." I was about to insist that I was a much grander messer-upper but she cut me off
saying "Everyone. thinks. that. too." Finally the light-bulb went off. Everyone
either at some times or all of the time thinks that they are somehow a bigger screwup
than everyone else.
Don't take what you know about yourself and compare it to what you don't know
about someone else. I know very, VERY well how much of a screwup I have been.
And I can so easily assume that this person or that person isn't, just because I
haven't heard their story. I'll say it twice because it's important and if you take
anything I say take this. Don't take what you know about yourself and compare it
to what you don't know about someone else. I've even decided just now to put it
as the title.
I know I've jumped to a few different subjects today, and sorry for rambling. If
anyone has any questions or a story to share, please message me. I'd be happy to
share my own as well if you're interested. Have a great day.
Last edited: 23 January 2011