Sunday, September 20, 2009

Shining Stars

Philippians 2 Imitating Christ's Humility
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with 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 purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became 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 confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Shining as Stars
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.


Melissa from the Blue House said...

Wow, that's one of the verses I'm teaching my children since we started homeschooling. I quote that first part several times a day... "Do everything without complaining...."

Sarah Salter said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this scripture! Thanks for sharing this today!

Tina said...

so cool how God manages to make everything he does in our lives so seamless ... this scripture fits so perfectly with what He is teaching me today

Lindy said...

Great scripture. I used to listen a lot to 2nd Chapter of Acts and Annie Herring and she had a song "Shine Like the Stars in the Universe" that I just loved. Amazing words. Thanks for the beautiful post.

Billy Coffey said...

There are a lot of problems in this world that would be quickly solved if more people took this scripture to heart. Great post, katdish.