I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
We now move into Philippians. Here we will come to some of the specific motivations for a Christ-honoring Christian walk. The high calling in Phil 3:14 quoted above is connected to a "prize." We will get there in due course, but first we must stop in Chapter 2 for another key.
As we've noted, all hinges on a love of Christ and an appreciation of the free gift of resurrection life. We also saw how peace, contentment and rewards flow from a holy walk.
Before we get these rewards, let us look at the great instruction which precedes them; the emptying of "self" as Christ did.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
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, being made in human likeness.And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! -Phil 2:3-8
As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. -Gal 1:9-10
If we seek to please men, we are no longer the servants of God. We cannot have a worthy walk and we are not walking in the new nature if what drives us is the approval of men or the desire to be approved of by man.
We never seek to offend, but we should be prepared to offend man and his traditions if these deny the truths of scripture. The world may pat us on the back for our "tolerance," we may find ourselves "disqualified' for service or reward.