This week we will study Chapter 2. Are we moving too quickly? Don’t stop if you were overcome by events last week! Just resume right here 🙂
Read Philippians 2:1-16. What are some of the instructions Paul gives the church? See verses 2,3,4,5, 13 and 14. For example, in verse 2, Paul urges them to be “of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit and intent on one purpose.” Which one of these instructions is God impressing upon your heart?
In verses 5-11, we read the glorious passage about Jesus becoming man. Notice (list) the process Jesus took of humbling himself. Then notice the path God took in exalting Jesus. What was the attitude of Christ? How would you have this same attitude/mindset? How would you define humility?
Verse 12 states for you to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” My paraphrase of that verse is that I should diligently apply all the things I read in His word. Sometimes I am not sure what the application looks like. I also realize that how God wants me to apply a certain truth will look differently than how you will apply. So I wonder how to apply verse 4. Verse 3 seems pretty clear to “regard one another more important than yourselves.” This was a pivotal verse early in my marriage when God changed my attitude so I could do this for my husband. But verse 4, I am unsure how to apply. “Do not merely look to you own personal interests but also to the interests of others.” Can I be following Jesus with all my heart and still seek my own personal interests? Should I spend time and money painting if its sole purpose is for my enjoyment? Can I buy myself something new just because I like it even if I don’t “need” it? I do both of these things and don’t even think about it until I read about Paul and then I wonder if I am self-indulgent and have been squeezed into the world’s way of thinking instead of having the mind of Christ. Any thoughts on how verse 4 is being lived out in your life?