Philippians 2:1-11

Philippians 2:1-11….

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, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same attitude of mind Christ Jesus had:

Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.

And being found in appearance as a human being,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Here I sit in the RSM youth retreat and we were given this passage to think about and journal on. I guess my first thought is that I have a really hard time finding unity in this group when I do not trust the leader. And I have no idea if that is and issue with me or with him. That is something I need to figure out, but I am glad that I am slowing being able to get what it is that makes me want to leave. If it were not for the students here at Rockpointe and my love for them, I would be out of here.

I hope and pray that I am valuing and honoring the rest of the team and even Brian. I hope and pray that there is no selfish ambition or vain conceit that I do have in my heart, but these are things that I do need to think about and explore. Interesting thoughts.

To be continued…

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Kim, father to Hannah & Caleb, and the connections pastor at The River Church. The thoughts expressed here are my own and not The River Church's.

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