Observation #1: Saul trusted in his OWN ability to serve God.
Philippians 2:1-3 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.
Selfish Ambition: Desiring your own goal ABOVE all else.
Vain Conceit: Starving for GLORY, and having a hunger for feeling important.
Observation #2: Paul makes these comparisons because he is FAMILIAR with both lifestyles.
Philippians 2:3-5 Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Humility: Desiring other people’s GOALS above your own, not putting you desires above others.
Mind of Christ: Seeing the world through HEAVENLY eyes, always looking to the benefit of your fellow man.
Observation #3: Paul refocused his attention on Jesus and his BEHAVIOR followed after.
True humility is not thinking LESS of yourself; it is thinking of yourself LESS.-C.S. Lewis
Let Christ FILL you so that you too can be EMPTIED for others.
Isaiah 53:2-5 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
- You’re stuck on a plane for hours. Who would you rather have to sit next to, a humble person or a glory hungry person? It may seem obvious, but explain why?
- Ladies only: How do you see women fighting for validation and approval? Men only: How do you see men fighting for validation and approval?
- Read Philippians 2:1-5 together. What in this passage causes you to say, “I would love it if everyone did this?” What in this passage causes you to say, “That’s too hard or too scary?”
- What does it mean to truly be emptied and then filled with Christ?