6-14-17 Insight Post

The letters to the Ephesian and Philippian believers are full of solid teaching and practical handles. In Philippians chapter 2 we find one of the passages that I have memorized and refer to almost daily in my quest to be a faithful follower of Jesus. “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” Philippians 2:3-5 (NLT) These verses aren’t in any way fuzzy or ambiguous. God commands us as His followers to resist our natural tendency to be self-centered and replace that with a mindset that deliberately chooses to treat others as more important and their needs as a priority that we embrace. My daughter Sarah and I were visiting my parent’s in SC this week. On our way back we stopped for supper at a favorite restaurant. The food was good but the person taking our order made several mistakes before finally getting the things right. As he made numerous trips to the kitchen and back, Sarah noticed that he had a badge that said he was a new employee. His being a rookie explained the mistakes in the order. As we were getting ready to leave Sarah said we should leave him a much larger than 20% tip – in fact she insisted on paying the extra generous tip herself along with writing a note written on a napkin to encourage the waiter. Her act of kindness was a perfect application of this passage. She understood what it was like to be a new waiter, juggling several tables with multiple orders and special requests. He undoubtedly received some complaints and poor tips as he learned. She wanted to give him a boost because she took an interest in him and wanted to follow Jesus’ example as she imagined He would have responded. This week we will all have plenty of opportunities to put this teaching into practice. When we imitate the humility and concern for others that Jesus had we will fulfill our responsibility and privilege to point people to Him.

Rusty Coram

Senior Pastor

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