Pastor Ralph Byma
December 4, 2018
A Christmas Perspective
Most likely you’ve seen the Christmas commercials that show the cozy atmosphere when opening the perfect gift. Everything suggests to people that you too can experience these warm and fuzzy feelings when you purchase this same gift. Our focus is often based in selfish ambition and desires.
The Apostle Paul shows us another perspective in Philippians 2:1-11.
He encourages us to have the same perspective and attitude of Christ. We are to do nothing out of selfish ambition but to value and care for those around us and to build meaningful relationships.
Jesus, whose very nature is God, made Himself nothing by taking on the nature of a servant…simple humility…because there was a need.
Jesus gave up the majesty, glory and splendor that was rightfully His because He cares and values us so much.
Imitating Christ’s Humility
2 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.