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Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Philippians 2:3-11
3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The header to Philippians 2 in the NASB is "Be Like Christ." How come we don't have kids singing "I wanna be, wanna be, wanna be like Christ!"? Christ doesn't dunk in traffic or stick out His tongue as He posterizes the opposing two-guard. Sports prowess is sexy; humility isn't. However, even His Airness is no longer able to do the acrobatics that he did in his 20s and 30s. Such physical abilities are merely temporal, and can't be taken into the next life. Same with good looks, political power and ready money. A servant's heart can come with you. So let's be like Christ. Watch him pick the Pharisees' theological pockets. Watch His floor game as He washes the disciples' feet. Watch Him doing a Cross-over move at Golgotha, posterizing the Devil once and for all. Be like Christ.

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