The scripture for today is Philippians 2 5-11.
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became 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 every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Your attitude…the same as…Christ. In spite of all that is unique and radically different about the person and work of Christ, Christians are to have his attitude of self-sacrificing humility and love for others.
In very nature God. Affirming that Jesus is fully God, the sum of those qualities that make God specifically God.
Equality with God: The status and privileges that inevitably follow from being in the very nature God.
made himself nothing. He emptied himself not by giving up deity, but by laying aside his glory and submitting to the humiliation of becoming man. Jesus was truly God and truly man.
bow…confess. God’s design is that all people everywhere should worship and serve Jesus as Lord. Ultimately all will acknowledge him as Lord whether willing or not.
Dear Lord, help us to start out the new year recognizing that we should have the same attitude of humility and love for others as Christ Jesus. Amen
Maureen Baldwin firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: Those who are hurting from physical illness.