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Have You Considered My Servant Job?: Blameless and Upright


“Blameless and Upright”
Job 1-2; Philippians 2:14-18
February 25, 2018

“If you've gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care—then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don't push your way to the front; don't sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself.
He had equal status with God but didn't think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn't claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that: a crucifixion. Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.”
-Philippians 2:1-11 (MSG)

If what God has done has benefitted us in anyway at all, then we are to have the same attitude in us that we find in Jesus, putting the interests of others ahead of our own and take on the very nature of a servant.

Job = Servant

“Have you considered my servant Job. There is no one on earth like him.”
-Job 1:8,2:3

What is God looking for in a servant?

Job is described the exact same way three times in the first two chapters.

A servant is blameless.

Blameless may mean without blemish or imperfection.

Blameless may mean free from accusation.

“They tie up heavy loads and put them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.”
-Matthew 23:4

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
-Matthew 11:29-30

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
-Matthew 28:19-20

“Surely then you will count my steps but not keep track of my sin.”
-Job 14:16

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe”
-Philippians 2:14-15

Blameless in Philippians 2 is to do everything without complaining or arguing.

Blameless: someone who does not complain or argue, but instead they trust.


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