- BEING POOR IN SPIRIT!
Each New Year, it's a little harder for me to make New Year's Resolutions because I look back at all those that I have broken in the past. It's discouraging! Oh, the challenges are many... time, focus, roadblocks, rationalization, lack of surrender...
Steve's sermon yesterday served to get me thinking more along the lines of SURRENDER. This is a topic that is probably not too popular in the USA. We're used to winning... being the best in so many things... Steve said the "most famous surrender in all of history" is the surrender of Jesus Christ... God became a baby... grew up as a child... a teen... became a man... and bottom line is that HE WAS BORN TO DIE! Does that make any earthly sense?
Steve used two words to describe the paradox: ENDURANCE! SURRENDER!
- On one hand, Jesus asks us to keep pressing on. Don't give up! Endure!
- Yet, on the other hand, Jesus says: Stop! Give it up! Surrender!
He took us to Philippians, where He showed us the concept more clearly:
- GOD endured! Philippians 1:6
- Paul endured! Philippians 1:13-25
- Christians are to endure! Philippians 1:27-30
- GOD surrendered! Philippians 2:5-11
- Paul surrendered! Philippians 1:13-25
- Christians are to surrender! Phillipians 2
I had already posted a memory verse for the month on 1-1-11. Yet, after reading through Philippians and listening to Steve, I changed it to more completely follow our theme for the month: BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT!
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He HUMBLED Himself and became 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, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the glory of God the Father.
He is worthy of our E.S.P.!