Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons…(Philippians 1:1).
I’m feeling a little Philippianial.
Much of this letter to the Church at Philippi is going to be concerned with knowing who we are and whose we are. Paul hits the ground running. He identifies himself as a servant of Christ–not an apostle, but a servant. He takes the humble route–a road he will encourage us to travel in a little bit–undermining any thoughts the Philippians may have had about boasting or bragging by pointing out that he, The Paul, is merely a servant.
Then he turns to his audience and addresses them as saints. Holy Ones, whom the Lord of the Universe has chosen as his own. There can be no higher position in creation. It’s like, before he even begins his discourse, Paul is sending us a message:
You are so much more than you think.
And so much less.
Chew on that today, Beloved.