At the end of my post, My Attitude!! My Rights!! – Joy in Serving – PHILIPPIANS (Chapter 2b)  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-o2, I mentioned that when we humble ourselves, and choose to follow God, as Jesus humbly choose to come to earth in human form, we still retain ourselves. Jesus, although in human form was still God, and people who profess they are Christians are still sinners. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard – Romans 3:23
You may hear people call themselves Christians, “the tree”, yet when you observe their actions/interactions, “their fruit”, the two don’t seem to match up. For example, when I see an apple tree, I expect to see apples growing on it.
I don’t expect to see socks growing on an apple tree!
Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. – Romans 6:16
It’s because of our tendency to sin, regardless if we’ve asked God into our hearts, see The Cornerstone… in menu tab for more info, that we so desperately need a leader. We need to follow someone who has faced all of the same testings we do, yet did not sin – Hebrews 4:15. Someone who knows the way to JOY, and wants to help us experience it in our lives.
WHO SHOULD WE FOLLOW?
HOW DO WE FOLLOW JESUS?
To follow someone or something means that we conform to, imitate, copy, and give our allegiance.
Whether it is in the childhood game of follow the leader,
dressing like our favorite celebrity personality,
or giving our support, financially and/or emotionally, to a particular cause
If we say we follow ______, we’re saying that we want to live like that particular person or imitate their particular life-style.
If you read the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, in the New Testament of the Bible, you will get a first-hand account of the life of Jesus. You’ll see how He interacted with all sorts of people.
And you’ll also see how He depended on God for strength to endure the trials He faced as a human. Jesus often withdrew Himself to quiet places and prayed – Luke 5:16.
When we put our trust and lives into God’s hands, we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear – Hebrews 13:6 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. – Phil. 2:13
God wants everyone to experience the Joy that comes in serving 🙂
In the next post, we’ll look at Philippians 2:14-16, where Paul gives us some practical ways to serve God and others in our everyday lives.
- Would you like to have a personal/intimate relationship with God?? Take a look at the tab, The Cornerstone…, in the menu for more info.
- If you would like to receive notifications when new posts are published, click on the FOLLOW button in the sidebar. Or if you are viewing from your mobile device, scroll down the page and you’ll see the FOLLOW blog via email button 🙂
- It you are viewing with the mobile version, scroll down to the bottom of this page for additional info and pics 🙂
- Take a look at the other tabs in the menu for encouragement and inspiration as you continue to BUILD A FOUNDATION!!