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DEVOTIONS FOR MEN
Before you read my thoughts on Philippians 2, you should take a few minutes and read it for yourself. Just click through the link above if you want, or get out your Bible now...
...Isn't that an amazing passage? It's so clear, so simple--yet so profound and deep. This chapter harmonizes perfectly with Paul's words to the church in Corinth on the same subject (1 Corinthians 13). Please take a moment and read that passage right now, too.
...Powerful stuff, right? And isn't it astounding how it all fits together so well? Honestly, if you read both passages and spent some time thinking, praying, and listening, I may not need to add anything at all. Just in case, here's what I'd like to remind you:
Paul equates love with faith and our hope. He tells the Corinthians that these are the only three things that "remain" throughout this life and also throughout eternity. Everything else--all the wonderful and important things, all the meaningless details, and all the pain and suffering in life--are transient and temporary. Faith, hope, and love, however, are eternally rooted in Jesus Christ Himself. Paul eloquently describes Christlike love to the Corinthians and warns that if they don't love like Christ loves, they will miss the whole point! Which leads us back to His words to the Philippians.
Paul reminds these mature and effective believers that though they were already experiencing Christian unity and loving each other to a large degree, they still could go deeper, He urges them to have the same mindset/attitude/perspective that Christ had. Jesus was so focused on doing the job God had given Him and loving others that all his"rights"--and all the selfishness and other distractions that trip most people--simply stopped feeling like something He should "hold on to."
What are you afraid to let go of? What do you not trust God to provide for you if you focus completely on Him and on others? What can you do today to consciously change your mindset, your attitude, your perspective?