“A word to Impala’s: Jump”
Mark Twain once wrote, “Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.” In Philippians chapter 2 Paul wrote concerning the “Good example” of the incarnation of Jesus; looking at His “renunciation”, “humiliation” and “exaltation”. In Philippians chapter 2:12-18 Paul relates this to the believer. This reminds me of a story of the African Impala that can leap over ten feet in the air to hurdle brush while running at full speed. Yet at a zoo you see these animals behind a fence that is only four feet high. Why don’t they just run and jump over the fence? Well it seems that the Impala will never jump where it can’t see where to land. Paul shows us, “impala’s” that over the fences of “renunciation” and “humiliation” is the wonderful ground of “exaltation” so in these verses he tells us we need to jump! In Philippians chapter 2:12-18 Paul gives the Church in Philippi three truths about obedience as it relates to us making the leap of faith:
- 12-13 Jump by letting God work
- 14-15 Jump without complaining
- 16-18 Jump by holding on
- 12-13 Jump by letting God work: Paul is saying that they needed to begin to apply the principals that he had taught them as if he was still among them. They must now “work that out in fear and trembling” as they are now driving solo. The life we “NOW LIVE” is by us no longer living for our self. The principle Paul gives us is, “God must work in us before He can work through us.”
- 14-15 Jump without complaining: There is a subtle truth in our obedience that I don’t think many of us understand: “If we are complaining about obedience then in truth we don’t believe in what we are doing!” The first truth about obedience is: Its work to let God work! The second truth about obedience is:
- It’s not finished if it is not in faith!
- It’s not complete if we complain!
- 16-18 Jump by holding on: The last truth Paul says is that our persistence isn’t to a procedure but rather our persistence is to a Person known as the “Word of Life”. Dear ones with regards to our obedience we can: Work at letting God work and finish in faith but if we are not persistent in holding onto the Person of Christ we will soon let go! That is what obedience looks like, we reach out and grab a hold and hang onto Jesus. Remember to keep a hold of the person of Christ and the more of you that is being poured out the harder you squeeze His hand!