- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Philippians 2
Imitating Christ’s humility
The joy that Apostle Paul was encouraged from was the unity Philippian church. This unity came from being united with Christ. The primary characteristic of being united Christ is humility. Jesus Christ set an example of the humility for Christians to imitate (2:5-11). By this teaching of unity by humility, Apostle Paul warned of those who worked for selfish desires and interests among Philippian congregation.
“continue to work out your salvation,” is what Christians are called to grow after being saved by the grace of God through Jesus Christ, growing into the full measure of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Being humble is to let go of self and let God work in.
“drink offering,” was one of sacrificial offerings in the Old Testament, pouring over the fire so that other offering could be completely made. Apostle Paul regarded himself as sacrificial offering to God, a catalyzer, so that others, Gentiles, Philippian congregation could come to faith of God and be saved. He viewed his suffering as catalyst for other to come to the faith of Jesus Christ. He rejoiced with it.
Apostle Paul’s plan to send Timothy did not work. Instead he sent other messenger, Epaphroditus, a member of Philippian church, who brought gift to Apostle Paul in Rome. Apostle Paul sent him with gratitude for the gift, his own letter, to make sure that he was well in the prison in Rome.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.