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Unity through humility - 01 Jul 2014

Philippians 2:5-11 NIV 
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 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 man, 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.

Ultimately, to find unity we must serve one another. We must humble ourselves amidst our narcissistic self cantered culture and exercise self denial and serve some one. To do so one must deny one self not serve one self. 2 Corithians 8:9 'Jesus was rich but for our sake became poor' The context of Philippians 2:5-11 is within the bounds of unity, Christ produces unity with His creation; us; by way of reconciling us make to Father by way of becoming the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. Jesus serves us as. "Servant" so that we can learn to serve God and one another in return. Who are you serving, is it money, fame, power, fear?  The reality of serving isn't that we become slaves, but actually we become free, free to choose to serve not because we have to, but because we want to. 

Philippians 2:5-11 NIV
[5] In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: [6] Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; [7] rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. [8] And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death---even death on a cross! [9] Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, ....'
 
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