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Friday, January 3, 2014

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)


Reflection

This passage begins “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.” What a tall order that is! Many of us remember the “WWJD” bracelets, so popular for a time. “What would Jesus do?” they asked us to ask ourselves. The problem, some like to point out, is that Jesus did not live or do things the way the people of his time thought he should. He ate with outcasts and sinners. He let the untouchables touch him. So it is hard when confronted with new experiences to sometimes know what Jesus would do. The Pharisees certainly got the answer all wrong. This passage continues to reflect on Jesus’ obedience to God until death. This obedience is lifted up as the way we should recognize him so that “every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”

So although it is very hard to have the same mind in ourselves that is in Christ, it is more obtainable to confess Jesus Christ as the Lord of all of our lives. What does that mean for you?

How do you confess, by what you say and by what you chose not to say and by how you live, that Jesus Christ is the Lord of your life? If we really try to do that, then our minds will become more like Christ’s.


Prayer

Loving God, help me to live my life so that others see that Jesus is the Lord of my life. Transform my ways into your ways, and use me as an instrument of your peace. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.


Written by Liz Nickerson, Family Ministry Coordinator


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