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Day Five: The Servants of the Lord

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Philippians 2:1-18 (NIV)

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,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed-not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence-continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

Reflection:

Just as Jesus served in humility and obedience, pouring Himself out for us, we also serve one another in this ‘poured out’ love.  The key to this verse is ‘like-minded’ or to have the same mindset as Christ.  So often our struggles with loving one another is because we think way too much about ourselves and what will work for us first.  But God has not only invited us to think differently, leaving that self-focused reality behind, but He has also changed us and empowered us by the Spirit to be able to think in the way Jesus thought and responded to us.  As the Lord renews and transforms our lives, we can have this Christ-like mindset that looks at the needs and concerns of other first, valuing them as a ‘person’ before considering ourselves, and loving them deeply.  It is in these moments where decision merges with love that we can truly be like Christ and love, love, and love.

Remember, as we pour out in this way, God will pour into us His amazing love over and over again.  We may loose our ’selves’ in love, but we gain who we really are in Christ, a child and servant of the Lord.  That person is the one who overflows with God’s love and power.

Response:

As a church we are called to be servants of the Lord. Let’s pray that we be those who ‘pour out’ for the sake of others to know and experience the love of God.  Let’s pray that we will really love the specific people God has placed in our lives that need His love so much.  Ask the Lord to give you the mindset of Christ as you think about them and as you respond to their lives, sampling pouring out God’s love in all you say and do.  May the example of our Servant Lamb ’shine brightly’ in our lives, like the stars in the sky.

Day Four: The Servant’s Joy

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Day Three: The Power and Wisdom of God

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Day Two: The Servant King

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Day One: The Servant

Monday, April 7th, 2014