It's Time to Work Out - 08/05/2012

Sermon text:  Philippians 2:1-13

   There’s this classic illustration of heaven and hell I’m sure you’ve heard before, but it is worth repeating:

   In the story you get the opportunity to visit both heaven and hell … HELL is your first stop. There’s chaos, anger, dissention … everybody has a spoon tied to their hand with a very long handle. They’re trying to eat, but because of that long handle, there’s no way they can get the spoon into their mouths. Chaos ensues.

   Now you walk into HEAVEN. There is this great sense of joy, affirmation and celebration. As you observe, you see everyone has the same long-handled spoon tied to his or her hand, but in this case … they are feeding each other.

   Have you ever tried to eat with your hands tightly clenched in a ball? Try eating with two fists … there’s no way you can eat comfortably.

   Notice in the Scripture, Philippians 2:5-6, it says:

     “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…”
     (Or better translated: “as something to be

   As you continue to read, you realize Jesus EMPTIED himself. He OPENED his hands, his life and his heart. … Read full sermon here (PDF)