Let It Go to Let It Grow

Sermon Text: Philippians 2:1-13

There’s a classic picture of heaven and hell that I’m sure many of you have seen before.  To the left of the picture you see hell.  There’s anger and dissention.  Everybody has a long spoon and they’re trying to eat and there’s no way they can get the spoon to their mouths.  And so, chaos ensues.

            Move your eyes to the right and you’re in heaven.  There you sense joy, affirmation and celebration.  As you look a little closer … you see everyone has the same long-handled spoon … but in this case they are feeding each other.

            Now, take a moment and try to imagine eating with your hands tightly grasped?  You’re trying to eat with two fists, and there’s no way you can eat comfortably.  Notice the Scripture ... Philippians 2:5-6 reads:

            “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited.”  That word, “exploited” in other translations suggests: “grasped.”

            As you continue to read, you realize Jesus emptied himself … no GRASPING on his part.  He opened his hands, his life and his heart.

            So this morning, as we prepare to come to the Lord’s Table, gathering together as God’s family called LPC, is God possibly calling us to realize that our reach must exceed our grasp...Read full sermon here (PDF)