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What an Example

Martyn Sheppard

Feb 12th 2021 · Day 43

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‘Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus'

Philippians 2:2-5

What an example! Paul encourages us here to be like-minded – to have the ‘mind of Christ’ (1 Corinthians 2:16), who humbled Himself and came to the earth. Philippians 2 tells us He came in the likeness of man and ‘made himself nothing’ (v. 7), showing us what is possible as we change how we think. 

With Christ within us, we lay ourselves down, putting the old nature aside. We humble ourselves, and He works within us, ‘both to will and to work for his good pleasure’ (v. 13). As we allow Him to work in us, His light will begin to shine brighter in the midst of the situations around us, and to those we come into contact with. Our homes, work, families and friendships will become stronger. 

We have to do our part and follow His example. He will then do in us what we will allow Him to do. He won’t force it; He’s a gentleman, ever-waiting and ready to respond to us as we seek Him. The way up is by laying things down! This principle doesn’t fit the world’s system, but then, it comes from another place: God’s kingdom, one we are looking forward to for eternity!

Pause and reflect: Hold fast to His light, stay the course, serve the local body of Christ where He has placed you, and your life will continue to develop into all He has called you to be and do.

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Martyn Sheppard

Martyn and his family have been an integral part of Victory Church for many years now. He serves as part of the Victory Church Senior Leadership Team and also runs a family business. He loves God and lives his life by the Spirit.

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