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 has been one of my favorite passages of Scripture for some time. In this passage, which is referred to as the “Christ’s Hymn” by Biblical scholars, the writer talks about the sacrifices that Jesus made and what we are called to as Christians to sacrifice with our own lives. What is the biggest sacrifice you have made or someone else has made for you? What did it feel like to make that sacrifice or receive that sacrifice?
Holy God, who call your people to sustain the weary and protect the oppressed. Uphold us in our concern and strengthen us, that we may not only speak our prayers but act on behalf of their fulfillment. In your precious name we pray, Amen.