Being a Humble Servant--Philippians 2:1-11

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Being a Humble Servant—Philippians 2:1-11
By Pastor Tony on February 26, 2020; 9:07 a.m.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

You know, humility is not usually our strong suit.  But it is necessary for us to present ourselves before God.  Our pride often gets in the way of our being used fully by our God.  I am amazed that He will even use us at all.  But one thing He says about humility is; “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  (James 4:6)  Grace!  Now that’s a word that many of us just do not understand fully.  It speaks of God’s Sovereignty.  He didn’t have to interact with us, but He did.  Why? Because He loves us.  His plan is to have unbroken fellowship with us, but sin ruined that.  The only way to reconcile man back to unbroken fellowship with Him was to send Jesus to redeem us from the curse of the law. 
Our mind is self-seeking, self-centered and self-honoring and seeks to please, honor and promote self.  However, God will not share the honor due Him with anything or anyone else.  So to come to Him we must, humble ourselves, yielding to His will NOT our own.
Scripture: Philippians 2:1-11
V.v. 5-8, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking to form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”
Observation:
“Let this mind be in you…” I find that the struggle that most of us have is in this vary thing; letting this mind be in us.  God shows us in His word that He resists the proud, but I wonder if we actually believe that.  We kind of act like He doesn’t really mean what He says.  I have found that within the struggles of life, God is there.  During the joys of life, God is there.  The times that seem to give me the most struggle and heart ache is when I begin to think that I can fix the situation and don’t trust God.  Those times are fruitless and barren times.  The example that Jesus gives us is one of total devotion and being fully yielded to the will of Almighty God. His life exemplified a growing and intimate relationship with the Father so that all would know how to have that type of relationship.  It seems easy but humility usually comes hard.
Application:
Let, let, let, let!  Letting something suggests our cooperation with, not our opposition to.  So for us to apply the scripture in these passages we must yield; yield to the Spirit of God as He leads us through the process of humility.  Being humble is understanding the requirement to lower ourselves under God’s will and God’s care.  And keeping a subjective view of who we are and who God is.  He IS God and we are not.  We are His subjects/servants.
Prayer:
Father, we love you and our prayer is that we will always be given enough wisdom to understand our place.  We humble ourselves under Your mighty hands and trust You with our lives. May we bring glory, honor and grace to Your name. We pray in Jesus name, Amen!