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Friday, January 4, 2013
Today’s Reading | Philippians 2:5–11
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (NRSV)
I wish the door to the Oval Office, every political office, every executive of a company’s office, every pastor’s office, every principal’s office, every headmaster’s office, and every boss’s office was small, so small that the occupants would have to get on their knees—briefcase and all—and crawl through the door and into their office. A small door serving as a simple reminder that leadership and authority mean getting low and being a servant. And every morning when arriving at work serving as a reminder again that the attitude of our hearts should be “there is nothing too low for me to do today; I am here to serve.” What a good reminder for all of us.
This is the example and mindset of King Jesus, the son of God; born in a barn, wrapped up and put in a feeding trough (talk about coming into the job low!). Paul expands poetically in Philippians 2:6–7, “Though [Jesus] was in the form of God, he did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant” (English Standard Version). What an amazing mystery and example: God becoming human and entering into his kingly office through the small door of Bethlehem. Not coming to be served but to serve and calling us to do the same. Friends, today, let’s get low together, looking into the eyes of children, helping to clean the mess that is on the floor; washing the feet of our friends, and most of all reminding those around us that we are here to serve—just like our Savior, Jesus.
Dear Jesus, thank you for being a servant to me. Thank you for humbling yourself and becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. By your Holy Spirit please give me heart like yours to serve those I am with today. Amen.
Written by Daniel Holladay, Administrative Assistant for Children, Youth, and Family Ministry and the Day School
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