Choose To Serve Or Be Served – July 9, 2015
Philippians 2:1, So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
This week we have looked at the idea of humility, and what Paul wrote to the Philippians about showing love and being humble. We see the ultimate example of humility when Paul writes in Philippians 2:5 saying, “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Jesus Christ has all the reason to exalt Himself. He is the Son of God, but instead of seeking to be praised, He humbled Himself and showed the ultimate act of humility by dying on the cross for us. Greater love has no man than to lay down his life for another, and that is what Christ did.
We all have areas in our lives in which we could choose to serve or be served. What will you choose today?

Think about this and have a blessed week.

Clayton Knight
COLLEGE AND SINGLES INTERN
clayton.knight@cottonwoodcreek.org