JOY IN HUMILITY
Philippians 2:5-18 NASB
5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. 18 You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me.
- Attitude 2:5-11
- Action 2:12-18
- (v. 2:5-11) What is humility? How do you define it? How does Jesus model this? Does anything in our culture encourage this selfless servanthood?
- Jesus gave up His rights to seek, serve and save us. Where do you find yourself competing with others instead of caring for others?
- Humility doesn’t keep score. What are some ways we keep score in our relationships? What does repentance and removing the scoreboard look like?
- (v. 2:12-13) The life of the Christian is one of continued repentance and growth. What has your journey of working out your salvation looked like?
- (v. 2:14-18) Where are you most likely to grumble and argue? How does this reflect on the Gospel we preach and the good of the body? What would one step toward gratitude look like today?