This Little Light Of Mine
Topic: God, Sovereignty, Power, Person, Holiness, Love Scripture: Philippians 2:14–2:18
I have a friend that owns a Pizzeria. His name is Steve. Steve takes pizza seriously. Oh, he has fun at his work, but don’t be fooled, he is very serious about running a pizzeria and making great pizza. When I was in college, I worked for Steve. I must say, he was my favorite employer. While working there, I learned many things both from Steve and from his business. I noticed that when an employee enjoyed his/her work and took pride in pizza, they did an outstanding job and was appreciated by Steve. On the other hand, when an employee did not really care about quality and did not put her heart into the job, that employee, would not be as intentional about how things were made or taste unless Steve happened to be watching.
I noticed was that when my friend Steve saw that an employee had that kind of insincerity and lack of concern for their job they had a tendency to quit or look for another job because of a lack of hours, or from being fired.
In many ways, this illustrates the portion of God’s Word before us. God wants us to serve Him from the heart not just because He is the Boss! William Hendriksen said it well, “Paul has been speaking about the necessity of obedience (verse 12) in the great task of working out salvation. But obedience may be of two kinds: grumbling or voluntary.” p. 1. In verses 12-13 we have the theory of sanctification and in verses 14-18 we have the practice of sanctification.
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