Humbly Serving Will Open The Door To Your Destiny (Philippians 2:3-11)
The book of Philippians was written while Paul was in prison. He wanted to ensure that the Church of Philipi was maturing in its Christian walk. Those early Christians thought that spiritual maturity came by mystical insights only available to a few. But Paul had to tell them that maturity would come through their patient practice of love and service to one another.
In order to serve, you must have:
1) The Right Motive
My motive is to add value to others.
My motive is to be a blessing.
“Do we want to be a reducer and restrainer, or a refiner and refresher of people?” – Apostle Billy Johnson
2) The Right Mindset (v. 5)
In this verse, mindset references the attitude and interests of Christ. In other words, the same thinking that dominated Christ should dominate us.
What was Christ’s mindset?
His mindset was to serve… “The son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…” (Matthew 20:28)
The manifestation of our service will be different, but we all must share the mindset to serve.
3) The Right Model
How did Jesus model service?
- He left His place (v. 5-6) – Though possessing full deity, He did not think it robbery to lay aside the use of His deity to become a man. God literally stepped out of eternity, into time, to pay the penalty for sin.
- He left His privileges (v. 7) – Although he had all of the privileges of a King, Christ came to earth as a bond servant (slave).
- He left His prestige – 2 Corinthians 8:9 says, “Though He was rich, for your sake He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich.”
- He limited His power (v. 8) – He humbled (humiliated) Himself. “No man can take My life, but I will lay it down of myself.” (John 10:18)
The Reward of Service (v. 9-11)
Because Jesus humbled himself in service, God exalted Him! God gave Jesus the name above every name!
Humility always precedes honor. (Proverbs 18:12)
In Ephesians 6:8, God says that He will reward you whether you are bond or free. It doesn’t mean that if you sow service in one place, the reward has to come from that place. We say we aren’t being rewarded properly and then we stop serving. God will open doors, jobs, and positions to reward you. God is watching, so our job is to keep serving. Keep your mindset to serve!