Our Epistle this week is Philippians 2:5-11.
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! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Paul writes this beautiful piece of wisdom to show us the character of Jesus and encourage us to follow His example. Jesus came to be one of us, not using His power or position for His own gain, but for us. This is the model we are called to use in our lives as well, employing God’s gifts and our connection with Him that others might be saved.
We can be the ones who bring Christ’s love to all by sharing the joy of the Good News. He has called us to His service that all might hear the truth and choose salvation over the temporary pleasure of the world. Only He can save us but we must first accept the mercy He offers.
Jesus wants us all to be part of His kingdom, sharing God’s love here on earth and redeemed to be with Him eternally. Our task is to follow Him, carrying our own cross and showing the world a better way. May we be humble servants who exalt Christ our King.
Gracious God, we are grateful for the blessing of Your love given to us through Jesus. Help us to share this gift with the world that all may be brought into Your kingdom. Amen.