Healing: By Uniting in Christ
How Can We Find Healing? Philippians 2:1-11
This portion of Scripture offers truth and wisdom for us as we seek to find healing.
Let's take a look a three sections of Philippians 2:1-11.
Healing Our Hunger TO BE RIGHT
Philippians 2:1-3 says:
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Focus on that last sentence (verse 3). Most of us understand "selfish ambition," but let's look at that word "conceit." This Greek word combines the idea of "empty" and "glory" -- we are glory-starved people. We're always trying to fill the emptiness in our lives. We long for glory.
How are some of the ways we strive to fill this hunger for glory in ways that lead to bad results?
One way is our desire to be right.
In the verses above, Paul points out our great desire to be the one with the right answers.
Yet being right the wrong way divides.
Are we pursuing the hunger to be right in an attempt to fill a hunger for glory?
Healing Our Hunger FOR ATTENTION
Philippians 2:4 tells us:
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Another type of hunger for glory can be a desire to be noticed. It's a part of the glory-started emptiness in us.
"Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less." ~ C.S. Lewis
Are we pursuing the hunger for attention in an attempt to fill a hunger for glory?
Healing Our Hunger FOR STATUS
Philippians 2:5-11 says:
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so 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.
Another type of hunger for glory can be a desire to have a prominent place.
Everyone values servant leadership until they're treated like one.
Here, Paul tells us to set aside our hunger for status... and for being noticed... and for being right all the time.
Let's return to verse 3.
After Paul urges us to turn away from selfish ambition and conceit, he tells us to pursue, instead, humility.
If you're empty for glory, fill yourself with humility.
The way to do that is to fill yourself with Jesus – to follow the example set by Jesus.
To be united with Christ is to be no longer starved for glory.