Gospel-Centered Relationships (3 of 8) by Jonathan McLeod

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Gospel-Centered Relationships (3 of 8)
Series: The Gospel Centered Life
Jonathan McLeod

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, 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 (Phil. 2:3-8).

FILLED WITH GRATEFUL JOY

[Show two balloons. One says, "Religion"; the other says, "Gospel."]

There are many commands in Scripture (including commands about our relationships with others). Those who desire to obey these commands are motivated either by religion or the gospel.

Think of it like a balloon. There are two ways to keep a balloon in the air. The first way is to repeatedly hit it upward. This balloon represents people who are motivated by religion. Religion continually "hits" you. "Stop doing this!" "Get busy with that!" Religion tells me what I have to do.

The other way to keep a balloon in the air is to fill it with helium. This balloon represents people who are motivated by the gospel. When you have experienced the gospel, you are filled with grateful joy. The gospel is about what I get to do.

You will never soar as a Christian without daily reminding yourself of the truth of the gospel.

OUR SELF-CENTEREDNESS

To the Philippians, Paul writes, "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" (vv. 3-4). How can our attitude toward others be changed? By filling our minds with the truth of the gospel.

The word "gospel" means "good news." The go ...


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