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.
Food For Thought:
This passage of Scripture is referred to by scholars as the Christ hymn. In this passage, the apostle Paul pens an early Christian hymn in this letter written to the church of Philippi. It is probably one of the most eloquent passages of Scripture contained in the New Testament. The line that stands out to me as the most in this passage is “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.” To have the same mind as Jesus is a difficult call about our lives, but it is at the heart of the Christian message―to love our neighbors as ourselves, to reach out to those on the fringes of society, to give food to those who are hungry. Being like Jesus is difficult, but it is the call of the Christian. The other day I was sitting in the doctor’s office waiting to be seen by a doctor. A man was waiting to be seen. I could tell that he was struggling to fill out his paperwork to be admitted. He had badly hurt his back. I decided to do the thing that Christ would have me do and I sat down beside him. I used the rusty Spanish I knew to help him fill out his paperwork. Once I was done with that, I walked up to the front desk manager and told her, “Mr. Perez doesn’t speak much English. Can you please make sure that the nurse that takes him back speaks Spanish?” About 15 minutes later, a Spanish speaking nurse called him to the back and he went back to see the doctor. A little while later, he came back to tell me, “Ustedes ocupan un lugar muy especial en mi corazón y con Dia.” Translated this means, “You have a special place in my heart and with God.” I was floored by his response. I had only helped him with a little bit of paperwork. Sometimes the small things mean a lot to people. I have to admit that I wouldn’t have done that every day because I don’t always live up to having the mind of Jesus. But every day that I try, I feel closer with God. Think of a time in your life where you have had a similar experience. Think of a way that you can reach out to someone in need today. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, it can be something small.
Insistent God, by night and day you summon your slumbering people, so stir us with your voice and enlighten our lives with your grace that we give ourselves fully to Christ’s call to mission and ministry. Amen.