Scripture

Ephesians 4:14-16

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

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. 

Oh God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servants. For Your sake, O Lord, look with favor on this dry and thirsty land. Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of Your great mercy. O Lord, listen! Oh Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For Your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your name. (Daniel 9:17-19)