Paul’s short letter to the church at Philippi characterizes the joy of a Christian.
This letter is full of wisdom and joy.
Paul writes powerful words of exhortation. Some may say it is a surprisingly upbeat letter even though written from the confines of prison.
In the second chapter of this epistle, Paul focuses on humility and service; as Christians we must remember that a humble spirit is the way of Christ.
We must remember that all things are joy in Christ. Joy begins with the certainty that what you go through here on earth is only temporary. Joy continues as you choose to express a Christ like attitude during both the good times and the bad times of life. Count it all joy!
Joy grows deeper as you press on toward the goal of righteousness.
Real joy, true joy - J-O-Y is Jesus, Others and then Yourself.
Some of us find it hard to be joyful during struggles, oddly enough; some of us find it hard to be joyful when things are well. But when you can meet the needs of someone else, that is service.
Some of us have never rolled up our sleeves, gotten our hands dirty or even broken a sweat for the cause of Christ. Paul admonishes us to do nothing with selfish ambition or conceit, but in the true spirit of humility let each regard others as better and superior.
Let the same attitude and purpose and mind be in you which were in Christ Jesus.
Jesus is our example in service and humility, who, although being one with God and in the form of God, possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God, did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped. Appearing in human form He humbled Himself still further and carried His obedience to the extreme of death of the cross.
Therefore because He stooped so low (and I am glad He did) God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name.
Even as He faced the weight of the Cross, John proclaims that during the last supper with his disciples He got up from the table, and removed His outer garment and girded Himself with a towel and began to wash and dry his disciples feet. Peter objected, but Jesus said if I don’t wash you, you have no part in me.
Peter said Lord not my feet only but also my hands and my head. Jesus said you call me teacher and Lord; If I then, your Teacher and Lord, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
Most assuredly I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
If you desire to be great, you must serve!