Thursday, March 18, 2010

what are you a slave to?

tthoughts about some things coming soon...but for now...

Philippians 2 (The Message)

He Took on the Status of a Slave

1-4If you've gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don't push your way to the front; don't sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

5-8Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn't think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn't claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.

9-11Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.

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what are you a slave to? if it's anything other than Christ, and His freedom, we have to surrender that bondage over to Him so we can live worthy of the calling we have received. (ephesians 4:1) we can not serve two masters. (matthew 6:24)
no Judas kiss is too much for Christ to handle. He deserves more than our betrayal, and we are worth more than our inconsistencies allow us to be. let's get free, how bout?

back soon :)


12 comments:

connorcolesmom said...

Oh that is a good one - I think there are many things I am a slave to ...
Allowing God to free me from those chains!!
See you soon :)

Fran said...

Abby, currently I have about 769 things that I'm a slave to. I've got a lot of work to do my sweet friend. I'm a mess. Thankful I have Jesus and His mercy every stinkin' day.

I love Him. I love you! :)
Hugs,
your 29 yr old friend

Little Steps Of Faith said...

I am so glad you posted:)
and since I started to sing that stupid Britney Spears song as I started to read...I realize I have a lot I am a slave to in the world yet.

Thank you Jesus for being you:)

And thx Abbylane for writing:)

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Hello my beautiful friend!! I hope you made it home safely. Thanks for sharing a chat with an old lady!!

Leah

Melinda said...

So I see the Lord has been working on you for a while, darling girl. :o)

John 8:36 NASB

"So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed."

I love you, through and through.
Granola Mama

BriRegina said...

you def. seem like someone I would get along with Great! God bless! I am new on here so if you have any tips please let me know:)

BriRegina said...

To answer the question pretty much, sometimes I am a slave to fear but God has really done wonders in me!

Sara said...

just discovered your blog! love you...we need to catch up sometime, i'd battling some the same "scholarship" stuff and not sure if I even want to teach...miss you!

Makayla said...

Hey,

I'm new here and your blog is very neat I really liked your recent post. That was definitely great to read and uplifting and really makes me think about what I should really stand my life on and who I should commit everything to!

~makayla

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Katie said...

There is a little green monster I'm always trying to impress but I never seem to measure up in its eyes. Oh shucks, I mean me.

I just wrote on my blog about no longer being a slave but having freedom in Christ Jesus.

I love that though Jesus was equel to God the Father, He didn't walk around acting like it and here we aren't and sometimes we act like we are. Crazy. ~sigh~

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