Having addressed the Philippians’ response to the external pressures they faced, Paul now turns to the internal conflicts taking place in the church. If they are to ‘conduct themselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ’ they must learn to live with one another in Christ-likeness. Just as Jesus humbled himself in becoming human, taking the role of a servant, and putting our need before his own, so his followers should do the same for one another. This is pleasing to God and, ultimately, the kind of living that he rewards.
In this message, we learn that we shine when we belong to the people of God as opposed to simply ‘attending’, we shine when we serve, and we shine when we persevere in community together.