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. Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Food For Thought:
When I read this passage of Scripture, I think of the nature of Jesus. How he emptied himself, gave himself up for others–not only in his death but in his everyday living. How can you empty yourself for others? How can you make sacrifices for others? What could you do to better the life of one individual or one group of individuals?
God of our salvation, we falter before the demands of your word and turn away from your call to life. Pour out your mercy on us as you showed mercy to your people of old, that we may turn from our sinfulness and walk the path of self-emptying love made known in Jesus Christ. In your holy and precious name we pray, Amen.