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Isaiah 34 [Read]
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Philippians 2 [Read]
I love the following illustration. One time, a reporter asked the conductor of the famous Philharmonic symphony orchestra of NYC which instrument was most important in his orchestra. Without hesitation, he said that it was the second violins. This was rather surprising, for everybody knew that it’s the first violins which carried the main melody. The conductor explained: “Everyone wants to play the first violin and many plays it well. But without the second violin, there will be no harmony”.
“…but in humility consider others better than yourselves” (Phi 2:3). Judging from the way they supported Paul through prayer and financial means, we can tell that the Philippians church was a caring church. They loved the Lord and, because of that, they also loved their shepherd. However, Philippians had a problem with unity. Even though this book is known to be a book of joy, with careful reading I find many places Paul exhorts them to be united with one another. Paul even singled out Euidia and Syntyche in his exhortation. Their names were already in the book of life (4:3), but they could not agree with each other. Each one probably thought her opinion to be more important than the other, each one thought her own way of serving was more pleasing to the Lord, and each one thought she should be the first violin. Consequently, there was no harmony.
But grudgingly playing the second violin is not the solution either. “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (2:4). We need people not only be willing to play the second violin, but also to play it well for the purpose of making others look better. For only when everyone thinks this way, the whole piece of symphony can be perfect. At the end, the listeners only remember how beautiful the music is instead of how well the violinists are. When everyone is humble in and for the Lord, others will remember how great the love of God is instead of how gifted a particular person is. That is the ultimate goal for any Christian group.
We cannot possibly do this by our own might. The encouragement, the comfort, the fellowship, and the tenderness and love all come from Christ and his Spirit (2:1), and only from that source we may show we are different from this world. When we do that, the joy of God will be complete.
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