Descending into Greatness 4.14.19
The Scripture this week is Philippians 2:6-11.
In our everyday vocabulary ‘down’ is not a word we welcome.
The way’s we use it betrays our attitudes: down and out, downfall, and downhearted.
Down is reserved for the depressed, the defeated, the weak, or the poor.
By contrast is down’s antonym - “up”. Up and coming. Upwardly mobile. Upscale. Upper class.
Up carries a more attractive appeal to us.
Up is the direction we all prefer to be heading with our lives.
Why Philippians 2 may be one of the most countercultural chapters in the Bible.
It’s message …
· Downward is the pathway that pleases God
· Greatness in God’s eyes is not a measure of self-advancement but self-abandonment
· The more we give up, the more we gain
The model of downward mobility was Jesus …