“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death–even death on a cross!” (Reference: Philippians 2:1-8 )
If there is any encouragement to be had in this life, it comes from being in relationship with God. We can do the best we can, make the best decisions possible, and work towards positive and uplifting results. But when our best takes all we can do, and it turns out only mediocre . . . when the decisions we make turn to dust and to naught before us . . . and when the results of all our labors amount to very little . . . .we need comfort and consolation from a source beyond ourselves.
We talk about emulating Christ and following our Lord’s example, but in reality ours is but mere scratchings upon the sand, drifting away with each succeeding generation. If we can remember this fact, we can be more assured of walking in humbleness. It is only, really, when we are in relationship with God that we can be at our best. Not because of what we do, but because of what God can do through us. But that can only happen if we allow it – if we set aside what we think we are, should have, and should do – and let God do as the Divine feels is right. That is our encouragement. That God takes what we have and uses it for the Lord’s mission in the world. The writer of Philippians would have us have the same “attitude” as Christ. That of a servant – a servant to God.
May you beloved be encouraged by what God can do through you. Selah!