From: May 21, 2017
Paul gives us the best example of who we should imitate, Christ. These verses tell us how we should live, the people we should be. The rest of Philippians expands on these verses by going into detail about holy living and how we should act. Philippians 2:5-11 shows us WHO to look to for our role model, Jesus Christ, while the rest of the book gives us specifics on what that looks like: joyful, rejoicing, like-minded, righteous, loving, selfless, considerate, humble, peaceful, living in unity, discerning, blameless, pure, taking care of others, servant-minded, and obedient.
The Apostle Paul endeavored to model his life after Jesus Christ (Read 1 Corinthians 2:2 and Galatians 2:20). Peter was not his role model; although he would not be a bad role model to have. He did not model his life after John and he would not have been a bad one either. He did not choose to model his life after anyone but Jesus Christ. Let me say to you this morning, there is no one else to pattern our life after except Jesus Christ.
The immediate context of 2:1-11 is Paul imploring them to unity in 1:27-30. In this section, Paul urges the Philippians “to live as ‘citizens’ worthy of the gospel by standing firm in one Spirit against the opposition” (Fee, 2014). Paul continues this theme into chapter 2 where he continues to appeal the Philippians to humility. Paul has no agenda except Jesus Christ. He has no one to exalt or honor but Jesus Christ. All he could see was Jesus. He had tunnel vision. His life was taken up with Jesus Christ; He lived and breathed Him. Paul wants these Christians in Philippi to know Jesus Christ and to walk with him. In chapter 1:27 he writes, “Whatever happens, conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Paul wrote this letter as an encouragement to get along with one another as a combatant to their divisiveness.
Something to take home: Each time you walk into a group of people this week ask yourself, “How can I serve them? Is there something practical I can do to help someone?” Practice serving the people around you.
Joy M. Lujan