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"Stand Down For Jesus"

Date published: 06/24/2013
Philippians 1:18 “What does it matter. In pretense or sincerity, Christ is set forth, and for that we rejoice.”  (NEB)
This verse is a great example of the exchanged life where you have fully handed over control of your life to Jesus, so that it is no longer you who live, but Christ in you.  While Paul was in prison, he was hearing about the bickering and conflict that was going on in the church.  Paul immediately went to the heart of the Gospel — others knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  Conflict is a great test of the exchanged life.  Do you process conflict through your pride, self-interest, and offended nature, or do you translate it into how Christ can be proclaimed?  Conflict can easily sidetrack you by not only becoming the focus of attention, but by also moving your conversation from Christ and the Gospel message of salvation.  It is so easy to allow conflict to consume a relationship with no regard for the person’s need for Christ.  Philippians 2:14-16 says, “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.”  The exchanged life says your interests are always subservient to Christ and His Gospel.  The “above all” purpose of every Christian is to see that the other person hears and knows the gospel of Christ.  2 Timothy 2:24-25 describes it this way, “And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher, forbearing, correcting his opponents with gentleness.  God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth.”  You must be enlivened to the Holy Spirit for you to live out your life with the heart of Jesus.  Can you learn to stand down so that Christ can stand up?  Let Christ and His message shine through you in order that Christ can be seen in you and that you give the Holy Spirit the opportunity to draw others to Christ.  
Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”  (RSV)