This week we continued to look at Philippians 2. We looked back at verses 1-4 reminding ourselves how Paul tells the Philippian church that, out of the foundation they had in Christ, they were to live and work in a way that brings glory to God. He is calling the church to unity which comes out of being united with Christ, having a common purpose, the same goal. He tells them to look out for others, to forget about what they want and look to what will benefit others.
Then as the chapter continues Paul shows them through the example of Jesus what attitude, what mind they were to have. We see in verses 5-11 how Jesus laid aside His glory and became man. Although He is completely God he experienced all that humanity is, except He did not sin. He served by laying down His life, by dying on the cross. Because of His obedient sacrifice He is exalted and glorified forever.
We are to have the same attitude of service. In verses 12-14 the Philippian church is told to continue on serving God in reverent fear. Having reverent fear of God means that when we serve God we don’t do it lightly or casually but with all of our being. We are to put into practice in our everyday life what we have received from Christ. We work not to be saved, but because we are saved. God Himself through His Holy Spirit is working in us, changing and making us more like Christ, giving us the desire and ability to carry out His will. What we do is to be done without arguing or complaining. We are to be joyful in service.
Then Paul gives the church two examples of men who have served in this way. He commends both Timothy and Epaphroditus to them. Both these men have been faithful, putting others before themselves. Through the example of these men the Philippians could see what Paul was telling them to do.
Philippians 2 contains huge challenges. We are to put aside thinking and acting just for ourselves, we are to develop the mind, the attitude of Christ. To stand together in unity, serving Christ through serving others and making sure that Jesus is exalted in all we do and are.