posted Jun 18, 2012, 12:44 PM by Dale Barnes
The Apostle tells us; “...for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” (Phil.2:13 NIV)  This seems an important statement that God would actually work in you and me.  How can it happen?

In Philippians chapter 2, we are given direction from the apostle Paul about this very important matter. He tells us to look at Jesus while he was here on this earth and follow his example. “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”(V5 NIV)  What was his attitude?  You see clearly the key in verse 8; : “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself.”  Man, woman, youth; whoever we are and whatever our situation, we are to intentionally humble ourselves before God.  Present ourselves to God so that we become a vessel for his work in and through us.

The Lord looks on humility in a very positive way. God says, “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.” (Is.66:2b NIV) God greatly respects those who greatly respect him and his word.  This person is ready to hear and move with God.  “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.” (Ps.25:9 NIV)  If we stop and think about it; this person is the only one who will pay any attention to God’s will. Pride and self-centeredness are great hindrances to God working in us.   

The apostle says, offer your body as a living sacrifice.  He does not say “get religious.”  You are humbling yourself before God for his will to be done; an attitude of humility.  This is what Jesus did.  As you do the same, God will lead and work in you.