Main Text : Philippians 2:1-13
Persisting is not an easy task and therefore requires determination. According to the Oxford dictionary persisting means to continue in an opinion or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.
The question is, “are we persisting till the end of our race as Christians here on earth?”
Remember that Jesus was fully God and fully man. If only we can apply the principles that made Jesus fight a good fight, so that he could say on the cross that it is finished, our lives as Christians will be glorify God.
In this sermon, I will talk about four main principles that helped Jesus persist to the end.
- One way to persist to the end as Christians is to think about other people. Jesus did not think only about himself; he was concerned about the wellbeing of others. That is why he came to die for us.
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Sometimes it is saddening the number of people who show up when a call to evangelism is made. People make all sorts of excuses to avoid going on evangelism, forgetting about the unsaved out there.
We must learn to live our lives for other people and at the end, we will receive a crown of Glory
- Jesus came on earth to serve and not to be served.
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.
He even washed the feet of his disciples. This depicts a spirit of humility and service.
Some Christians believe that some jobs in the house of God are reserved for specific people so they shy away from service.
Others have attained high positions in life and now think that they need to be served.
It is the act of service that gave Jesus’ name power over all other names.
If Jesus considered our status as sinners, he would not have come to die for mankind. When we are able to serve other people, they look at our service and draw close to God.
- Jesus sacrificed. Sacrifice is letting something you love go.
Sacrifice is also when we have demands as human beings but decide to heed to the call of God. It is mostly not that one desires to sacrifice but duty demands that we do.
Are we ready to sacrifice our money for God? It is unfortunate that most people do not want to sacrifice their money to the God who has kept them alive and healthy.
Jesus decided to leave his throne and glory to die for mankind. He never gave excuses. He did not betray us but when he asks us to sacrifice, we betray him by giving a lot of excuses.
- All the actions of Jesus were to glorify God.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Nowadays everything we do is to glorify ourselves instead of glorifying God. So when we do something and man does not appreciate us, we get offended. Do you give to glorify God or for men to know how wealthy you are?
If we understand that it is God’s grace that is keeping us alive, we will give God the glory everyday of our lives.
All these steps can only be achieved with the help of God and not by our strength. If we would persist to the end to receive the crown of glory, we need to be ready to follow these principles at all times.
God Bless You
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