- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Questions about Christian Life
- Published on Saturday, 21 November 2009 11:47
To a servant mind (Philippians 2:5), meeting the needs of others is a way of life. Human nature being what it is, the absence of a servant mind introduces "strife and vainglory" (rivalry and conceit, ESV) (v 3) into the assembly. It creates a dead, difficult-to-define, negative atmosphere that causes the disenfranchised to go elsewhere and children to turn from the gospel. The existence of the assembly in Philippi was endangered because of the lack of a servant mind. By adopting a servant mind, the believers were to "work out" the salvation of the assembly (v 12). Only by this means could the believers be effective Christian witnesses in the community. Failure to serve others is totally foreign to the heart of God and therefore is destructive to testimony, personal growth, and gospel outreach.