Pastor CJ Johnson Strange People // Philippians 2:1-11
What’s going on Southland!? If you were able to make it Sunday you already know it was an exceptional day! If you missed it, this week we entered a new series titled, Strange People! If week one was any measuring stick for the rest of the series, it’s going to be a great series!
So here’s a little snapshot of Pastor CJ’s message as just a quick refresher. If you haven’t heard it yet be sure to listen this week and then get to Southland this Sunday for part two of Strange People!
Week one we addressed the virtue of humility. Although humility is a tricky topic to address, it must be wrestled with every now and then. It’s something that can be seen but it’s almost impossible to describe. But Paul hits this topic in his letter to the Philippians.
Philippians 2:1-11 says,
1Therefore 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, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! 9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
When we talk about humility, we must also talk about pride. They go hand in hand as polar opposites. Scripture refers to pride as the “mother of all sin” while describing humility as the “mother of all virtue.” Pride divides, while humility unites. Whether in corporate America, the Church, or our individual families and relationships, this truth is evident.
So how can we be humble?
Not to be cliché but by looking to Jesus we can learn and apply this unique virtue into our lives.
- Jesus is our Enabler
- Relinquish your rights
i. Jesus gave up his rights when he left the throne of heaven to come to earth and die on the cross. He put our interests before his and we should endeavor to do the same for others.
- Prepare for challenges
i. We need to be aware that this virtue does not come easily. It must be a conscious decision that we make in the face of challenges and obstacles. Especially because humility does not come naturally for most of us.
- Jesus is our Enabler
- As you know this whole humility thing isn’t an easily acquired virtue. Everything inside us tends to lean towards pride instead. Through the Holy Spirit we are empowered to live a life of humility. As we allow Jesus to live through us, He enables us to be humble.
In the end, the closer we get to the cross, the further we get from our pride.
Let us be people who live in light of the cross, and may we replicate that kind of humility to those around us.