Philippians 1:27-2:11 Complete Surrender

In this passage we see the ultimate example of surrender. Jesus humbled himself, and while he could have used his divine nature for his own advantage, he chose not to. Jesus gave up control to the Father and humbled himself even to the point of death on a cross. He chose to sacrifice, to give up, for our sake, in line with the will of the father.

Take a moment to ponder the gravity of what he did. He had the power to rule, he had the power to stop his suffering, but he chose not to. He chose willfully and obediently to let the Father direct his path.

In the earlier parts of this passage we see that we are called to live a life worthy of the Gospel. A life that stands firmly united with others for the sake of the Gospel (1:27), a life unafraid (1:28) and willing to suffer and struggle (1:29-30). We are called to live a life united to one another (2:1-2), not driven by our own selfish needs and desires (2:3) but an others-focused life, where we seek to serve the interests of those around us (2:3-4).

For us today, this is a very counter cultural call. A call to submit to the Lordship of Christ (2:9-11) and seek to live our lives as Christ lived his, in obedience to the will of God and therefore, in service of others. Our world constantly tells us to look out for ourselves, for our own needs, to protect ourselves from pain, and to seek comfort and pleasure. Are we willing to give over control of our own comfort, pleasure and desires to willfully and obediently allow God to direct our paths? Spend some time reflecting on where God might be asking you to follow him, even at the cost of your own comfort and desires.

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