Carly did a great job with these verses last time.
In chapter ten, Paul dives into his “rights”, which feels very relate-able to Americans. But then things take a turn. He doesn’t cite these rights in order to employ them, he recognizes them in order to lay them down.
This is the heartbeat of following Christ, “who being in very nature, God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant.” (Philippians 2:6-7)
Disciples of Jesus are marked by the race to out-serve one another; having advantages in order to pass them on. It’s all about considering others: “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important that yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)
I keep coming back to the idea of the Christian expression being the opposite of self preservation. Paul is saying, “I have rights, but I’m laying them down for your advantage. Now, consider your own rights and how you can lay them down for others too.” Edification is always the goal.
What are the rights you can lay down in order to demonstrate the gospel to those around you?