“For he has granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well…” (Philippians 1.29)
Do you believe in Jesus? So what. Does your discipleship cost you power, prestige, status, esteem, money, time, energy, friendships, comfort, convenience, calm, livelihood, influence, dignity, even life itself? Now you’re getting closer.
Paul calls the Philippian church to “have the same mind that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited
but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave….
he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death
– even death on a cross.” (2.5-8)
What would an empty church look like? What would a worship service sound like at a church that was enslaved? Would you invite your friends to an Easter Sunday service at a church that was obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross?