1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in
the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind,
having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish
ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let
each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have
this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the
form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,[b7 but emptied
himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being
found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of
death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on
him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee
should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Humility is in short supply these days. When the Church shows humility, the world sees
people who are refreshingly different! What is the point of the call for the Church, the
Christian community, to be refreshingly different? Why does Paul call the people in the
Church to new and higher standards than the world around them? It’s simple, really: to
point people to Jesus Christ. The Church is his body- his hands, his feet, and his heart.
The Church is the front door into knowing, finding and seeing Christ.
Paul knows that this fledgling little church in Philippi must be ready to heal, help, care,
love, give and serve. Because that is exactly what Christ did for them and for us! He
came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. It is all
We are his body. The Body of Christ. And he is the head, the one whom we serve. And
this means two things:
1. He is the one who nourishes us. We find all our strength and power in him and
him alone. We don’t dig deep in ourselves. He saves us, encourages us, loves
us, redeems us, strengthens us and cares for us. We must never, ever turn to
our own resources to be the true Church. We must rely on him alone to help us
be like him.
2. He is the one we serve. When we serve others we ultimately serve him. He gets
the honor and the glory when all is said and done. What a privilege!
When the body of Christ acts like Christ…people notice something refreshingly different.
When you invite someone to church, you are not inviting them to a social club, or a book
club, or a religious club, or a Sunday morning gathering, or a family get together
(although those are good things). You are inviting them to Jesus. May we rely on and
reflect him, more and more! And that is refreshingly different.