Scripture

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.

Reflection

Paul is clear. We should have the same mindset, attitude, and relationship with others as Christ did. What relationship are we talking about? Paul is clear here also. We should not be self-seeking or prideful. It is not Christ-like to use this relationship to our own advantage, but to use it for other’s advantage. Self-seeking, prideful attitudes lead to division and separation. Becoming a servant, using all we have to serve, leads to unity.

Continuing, Paul points to the humility of Christ as he humbles himself to become human. We should have the mindset of Christ, obedience, costly obedience. Obedience that again serves others and their interest over our own. We are to be Christ to others as He was God to us.

In our relationships with others, do we focus on our self-interests or on their interests?

Do we take pride in our obedience and humility?

Prayer

When you are finished with your time of reflection, close out this time with this prayer. 

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day: Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ my Lord. AMEN.