October 8

Today's Bible Reading
     I Kings 11
     Philippians 2
     Ezekiel 41
     Psalms 92-93
            “(Christ Jesus) ... made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross." (Philippians 2:7-8)
            The church at Philippi was a wonderful church, but not a perfect church. This church provided a constant source of encouragement for God's Word throughout that part of the world; however, it was not a perfect church, and there are no perfect churches in the New Testament.
            There are really no perfect churchesin our day either. Throughout the world, there are many great churches doing a wonderful work for our Lord, but none are perfect. If you find a perfect church, don't join it -you'll ruin it.  The church is not a gallery or museum for perfect saints. It is a school for the growth and improvement of imperfect ones.
            Paul had detected a slight but obvious flaw in this fellowship. He is laying the foundation in this chapter. The first thing Paul sees, as a prophet in the church of Philippi is a need for unity that comes from humility. He wants them to know that the only way to learn true humility is from the Lord Jesus Himself.
            It is true that most believers, if we were clothed only in our humility, would be arrested for spiritual indecency. What is humility? It is ''to put yourself in your proper place." Humility is not the person who thinks lowly of himself, but he is the person who does not think of himself at all. He has put himself in the proper place before the Lord Jesus Christ.
            Do you remember your spirit and attitude when you were saved? The Bible says that is how you ought to stay all of your Christian life - with a sweet, learning attitude. The great servant of God, Moses, learned some great lessons. He first thought, ''I am something'', and then he killed an Egyptian. Then he thought, ''I am nothing'', and he spent 40 years in the desert.  Then he knew, ''God is everything '', and he changed the world.
            Hudson Taylor was a great missionary. When he was home on furlough, he was introduced to a Conference as ''an illustrious guest." When he rose to speak, he said, ''Iam the little servant of an illustrious Master."
            I heard one man that I consider a great man of God, say, ''There are no great servants of God, only servants of a great God." Always remember ''He is the Father, we are the children'', ''He is the Master, we are the servants'', ''He is the Savior, and we are the sinners." Most believers really think more highly of themselves than they should. We are to begin, not with self, but with others. This book is all about JOY:  J  - Jesus     0 - Others      Y - Yourself
            This little acrostic teaches us the priorities of life for a Child of God. William Booth was invited to a Conference that he could not attend, so they asked him to send a greeting to the congregation. He sent a telegram, which contained only one word -others. Jesus lived for others. On the cross, He heard an enemy say, ''He saved others, Himself He cannot save'', and they were right. His whole life was wrapped up in others.
            Pray today for the Bible League and the Pocket Testament League who provide Scriptures and train people to use them for discipling seekers into church membership. The Bible League is one of the leading providers of Scriptures to the persecuted church. The Pocket Testament League is sending Scriptures into more than100 countries in many different languages. These New Testaments are compiled in a manner to facilitate soul-winning and discipleship.