September 5/Philippians 2

I suppose because I am a father it was these verses that stuck out to me in this chapter.

Philippians 2:19–23 (NLT) — 19 If the Lord Jesus is willing, I hope to send Timothy to you soon for a visit. Then he can cheer me up by telling me how you are getting along. 20 I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare. 21 All the others care only for themselves and not for what matters to Jesus Christ. 22 But you know how Timothy has proved himself. Like a son with his father, he has served with me in preaching the Good News. 23 I hope to send him to you just as soon as I find out what is going to happen to me here.

Timothy was a young man who faithfully served the Apostle Paul as an obedient son would serve his father. What parent doesn’t appreciate the obedience of their children. Even God the Father said about Jesus, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” Obedient children bring great joy to their parents. Jesus lived out the ultimate in obedience when his Father asked him to go to the cross for us.

The cross symbolizes being separated from selfishness. Jesus chose the Father’s will over his own. On the cross Jesus separated us from our sinful nature, our selfishness, so that it didn’t have a strong hold on us.

Colossians 2:11–13 (NLT) — 11 When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. 12 For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. 13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.

We are faced everyday with choices. Do we choose to do the will of our heavenly Father or do we reach out and grab a hold of our selfish sinful nature?

  When Henry III, one of the great Bavarian kings, first came into power, he was burdened by the responsibilities and demands of being king. Feeling pressure on all sides, he finally walked away from the throne and went to a monastery.
“I want to contemplate God and worship the Lord,” he said upon arrival.
“Understand this, Henry,” said the abbot. “The first requirement of a monk is that he be in total submission. A monk’s life is not his own. Can you submit yourself to the Lord by trusting me?”
“Yes,” said Henry.
“Then go back to the throne. I am instructing you to rule and serve where God planted you.”
So Henry return to the throne, becoming one of the greatest German kings of history. The inscription on his tombstone gives the reason: Henry III, the king learned to rule by being obedient.

Like Timothy and like Henry III can you rule and serve where God has planted you? You can bring great joy to the Father. Think about it. Obedience brings the Father great joy.

1 Samuel 15:22 (NLT) — 22 But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.

Exodus 19:5 (NLT) — 5 Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me.

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Mark Gundersen says

    Phillipines 2 is another chapter that clearly states the gospel. Christ gave up his privileges and came to Earth to live and die as a human. Because of his obedience he is raised back to his position of glory and allows us to follow in his train. We need to show obedience to God’s plan also.