Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice…In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:4, 6
The Bible is not a dull, dry book of theology. It is not a book written primarily for preachers and seminary professors. It is a story, a story of love and salvation, written for ordinary people. It tells how we may be saved, and how we ought to live.
One of the interesting features of the Bible in this connection is the fact that some of the deepest doctrine in the Scripture is told for a practical purpose. Philippians 2 contains one of those very passages. It says that the Son of God did not regard “being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men.” Theologians have wrestled with the interpretation of that verse for centuries, but the important thing to remember is that Paul brings that subject up in order to teach the Philippians to be humble. Just look at how deeply Christ humbled Himself, says Paul: Let the same mind be in you which was in Him. “In lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.”
In this same connection, Paul tells the Philippians always to be happy. We say that we believe in an all powerful God, an all wise God, a kind and loving Father. But when it comes to workaday living we worry, doubt, fear and fret. The Philippians could “take it” from Paul when he told them always to rejoice, for they knew he was writing this letter to them from a jail. They remembered, as they read this letter, that when he first visited their town he had been beaten and put in stocks, but he and Silas sang together at midnight when their bleeding backs would not allow them to sleep. Does your religion mean much to you?