Philippians 2

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
—  Philippians 2:1-4
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
—  Philippians 2:3-4
Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
—  Philippians 2:14-16
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
—  Philippians 2:3-4
Old and New

There are two prominent people in the New Testament outside of Jesus - Peter and Paul. Peter was a disciple of Jesus from the beginning, Paul received a revelation of Jesus after Jesus’ death. Both were Jews. Both wrote parts of the New Testament. Both were in charge of churches. Peter was a fisherman, and hence had an extremely small amount of education. Paul was a High Official, very educated, respected and zealous. Paul had everything that a Jew could possibly ask for in terms of status (Phil 2), whereas Peter was lacking in status amongst a Jewish crowd. 

But both had very different callings.

One was called to Jews. The other to gentiles (non-Jews).

Who would you pick? What makes the most sense? 

Well, I’m not gonna spell it out - but God had totally different plans. 

God chose Peter to go the Jews, and Paul to go to the Gentiles, and in so doing gave a practical example of baptism into new life.

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Paul’s standing in the Jewish council only had meaning according to the Jewish people, their customs, their laws. Outside of this - all of his status, his heritage, his work - meant nothing. In order to carry out the calling that God had for Paul, he had to give up his life. It’s like, a PhD professor going into a remote park of the Amazon forest to a tribe. In university he’s respected, clever, sought after - in the jungle he’s just another mouth to feed. He’s lost his respect, his status and his lifetime achievement is counted as nothing.

God effectively said ‘Everything you’ve worked for, everything you were, everything you thought you were - is nothing. We’re starting again. A clean slate. And we’ll build you up from there’. 

This is what happens when we God enters our lives. We start again. Our past is taken away, our names that we attach to ourselves are gone - and we’re left with one title - Child of God. 

Whether the past was perceived as great, good, horrendous, a mess or mediochre - the same happens to everyone - we are a new creation in Jesus Christ.

The old has gone, the new has come.

Only for the King

Jx

Standing together in Christ // humility

Christians are to stand together for the gospel in “one” spirit and as “one” body {koinonia - partnership} for the gospel. We can’t fight for the gospel if were fighting with each other

Pride hinders koinonia and keeps us from partnering with others because of jealousy or envy. We don’t even notice how much pride is in us until we look to the true example of humility in Jesus. It is here where we see the extent of our own pride.

Humility is at the heart of what it means to live in a manner worthy of the calling of the gospel of Jesus Christ. To grasp is human, to give is divine. To consider others better than ourselves means selfless, sacrificial service.

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
—  Philippians 2:3-4

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

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Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭3-8‬ ESV

Knowing our privilege and willingly setting it aside is a required discipline of a Jesus-following Christian.

YOUNG GIRLS & HAPPY ENDINGS

First blog, of this run, that I’ve written in the afternoon. Family-stuff kept me up late. A combination of thinking too much before bed, and working on obscure artwork too much during the day, left my head flying for hours. Probably got to sleep at around 4am. This had better not happen when I get a job.

Three weeks without a Wrexham match is starting to get to me, I’m going to be seriously pumped up for Saturday’s game. Even if it is only Hayes & Yeading.

My first The Revolutionary Spirit gig of the year is happening tonight in Manchester. They played down in London last week, went down very well. Now they’re hitting the capital of the North. It should be a great year for them, I imagine their fortunes will be kept track of quite a bit in this blog. The artwork I was working on was for their debut single Last Memories. I’m pushing my ambitions further than ever, it seems to be paying off though, the response has been very positive.

Must now go and try and get the most out of the few hours before I set-off. Will tell all tomorrow.

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Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” [Philippians 2:5-8]

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
—  Philippians 2:5-8 ESV
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, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
—  Philippians 2:1-4
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
—  Philippians 2:3-4