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I Want the Cats to Win

12/10/2017

“I Want the Cats to Win”
Romans 5:6-8,10
December 10, 2017

“The cats have to lose” attitude runs directly opposite to the invitation and command of Philiippians 2:1-11.

“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion...”
-Philippians 2:1

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death–even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
-Philippians 2:2-4

“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.”
-Philippians 2:2-4 (MSG)

So, if this gift has meant anything to you at all, then “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death–even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
-Philippians 2:5-11

How many times did the attitude of “me first” come into play over the past week?

Can we take a step toward Philippians 2 and live with the attitude of “I want the cats to win”?

The cats don’t have to lose can mean we simply walking away.

We are to have the attitude of Jesus.

Jesus had the right and authority to crush us.

Jesus humbled Himself and helped us.

We humble ourselves, not because they deserve it.

We humble ourselves, not to prove we are the bigger person.

We humble ourselves, not so they will say they are sorry.

We humble ourselves because that is exactly what Jesus did for us.

“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.”
-Philippians 2:1 (MSG)

“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.” Philippians 2:2-5 (MSG)

“You wicked servant, I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. “‘Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ . . . In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.” -Matthew 18:32-33

“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”
-Matthew 18:35

Instead of just celebrating Christmas, I will be changed by Christmas and respond in a way which fits the gift I have received.

I want the other person to win.

Romans 5:6-60,10

While we were still powerless, ungodly, sinners, and enemies of God, Jesus died for us.

I must live with the attitude of “the cats have to win.”

The Samaritan humbled himself and treated the man who was always against him with kindness and grace.

“Go and do likewise.”
-Luke 10:37


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