Saturday, August 1st

Philippians 2:1-11 (NIV)
Imitating Christ’s Humility

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming 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, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Meditation

In verses 2 and 3 Paul says, “then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” It was evident in Paul’s work that he valued others above himself. He was in prison, but he continued to write letters and pray for the people of the church. He bowed his knee and gave glory to God in all things.

Prayer

Lord, you have given us a wonderful gift to be able to pray for other people and the know then when we are praying we are praying to the One who has brought all people and things into existence. We pray for all your creation that is might become all you meant it to be and that we would act in such a way as to help make this happen, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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