Day 16

January 18

Philippians 2

It’s the new year and many people have committed to a fresh habit of healthy diet and exercise. The gym business is booming, and folks are eating more vegetables in January than they might eat for the rest of the year combined! Some of these commitments are made with the goal of being healthier, but more times than not it has to do with just looking better. When we begin to see progress in our appearance, it is natural to want people to notice. This pursuit of being noticed often leaves us disappointed. 

I will be honest with you, I struggle with this big time! I joined a Brazillian jiu jitsu gym last year, and at the end of each class we do what is called “rolling.” This means you essentially get to fight with other people, free of any emotion or bad blood; it’s all for sport. Sometimes I get a chance to roll with an instructor, and I think to myself, “this is my chance to show how much I am improving.” So I go into that match thinking more about being noticed instead of the fundamentals of the sport. This always ends badly. I focus on being noticed, and I end up getting choked out! Seriously, my neck gets squeezed like fresh fruit at Jamba Juice. 

In Philippians 2:6, Paul makes a statement about Jesus that He “did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped.” This means that Jesus knew that His true status as the Son of God and equal part of the Trinity was not going to be fully understood by people. When we experience spiritual growth, it is normal to desire for people to notice, but we have to remember that not only will some be unable to understand the change you experience in Christ, but also that being noticed should not be our goal. 

So what did Jesus do instead of aiming to be noticed? We find out in Philippians 2:8 when it simply says He was “obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” When we want our spirituality to be noticed by others, it’s important that we know our responsibility is not being impressive to others, but simply to be obedient to God. 

Question: Do you ever find yourself discouraged when people do not notice you or are not impressed by you? 

Pastor Tyler Wolfe
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