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The Boy Preacher (12 of 21)
Series: Joy Book
We are following a series of messages in the book of Philippians which has as its main theme "joy." As you read through these four brief chapters you will find over and over again Paul talks about the matter of joy. In a rather interesting way Paul tells us what joy is really all about.
J O Y. If you want to have joy in your life you put Jesus first. That's the "J." Put others second. That's the "O." Then you put yourself last. That's the "Y." When you get it in that order it spells "joy."
In chapter one the emphasis is upon the Lord Jesus. As you read that first chapter of Philippians you will find over and over again that he comes back to the Lord Jesus Christ. He emphasizes Jesus. He exalts Jesus Christ. Put Jesus first in your life.
Then when you come to the second chapter you will discover that now the emphasis turns to others. All through this second chapter the emphasis is upon living your life for others. If you really want to have a joyful life and a fulfilled life, then live your life for others.
He begins by giving the greatest illustration of all of someone who lived for others. It is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
It says in chapter 2, the earlier verses of the chapter, it talks about living for others. It says in verse 4, "Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others."
Then he uses the example of the Lord Jesus Christ who lived His life for others. You might say, "Preacher, I want to live my life for others, but I certainly can't be Jesus. I can't live the kind of life that Jesus lived."
But as you move down through the chapter you are going to discover that what Paul does is he begins to use some illustrations of people with whom we can identify. One of these is this young man named Timothy. Paul says, "I can't come. I'm going to send Timothy to you."
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