Get Beyond the Requirements! 25 November Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant.
More than any other man, Paul knew what it was to be free. He was born a free Roman citizen. Then he was born again and received the revelation from God that he had been made free from the authority of darkness, and translated into the kingdom of Gods dear Son. Yet he bowed his knee to Jesus and said, I give away my freedom. I give away my will. I give it all away to serve You. Ill live for You and Ill die for You. Jesus Himself set the pattern for such servanthood during His earthly ministry, and Philippians 2:5-7 exhorts us to follow His example. As a servant, or handmaiden, your attitude will be like Jesus attitude: Not my will, but thine, be done (Luke 22:42). Youll say, I dont care what it takes, I will obey God. If He wants me to lock myself up in my closet and pray for eight hours every day, thats what Ill do, because Im His bondslave! Some people like to argue that God would never require such sacrifices from us. Thats just proof that those people arent servants or handmaidens, because servants and handmaidens arent interested in doing only what God requires. True servants and handmaidens want to be totally committed to God and His Word. They want everything they do to be governed by Him. As a result, God rewards them. He entrusts to them the gifts of the Spirit. He anoints them, and He uses them to do great exploits in His Name. If you want God to entrust His gifts to you, if you want to do great exploits in His Name, then youll first need to become a servant, a bondslave…one who goes beyond the requirements.Ezekiel 44-45; Psalm 115I choose to be a servant, a bondslave of God. I will do whatever it takes to please God in every area of my life. Philippians 2:5-7
Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:5-11