5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,
7 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.
9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name
that is above every name,10 so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. 12 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; Philippians 2:5-12
Paul tells his readers that the example of Jesus is set up before us. His existence was divine, but still, He humbled himself to a more human-like state, a lowly one at that. And He endured the pain and upset of dying on the cross, surrounded by upset and scorn from others. By confessing with our hearts, minds and mouths that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, we can bring glory to God the Father for the work He has done – death and sin are conquered, once and for all !
Let us pray together : Eternal and Giving God , we worship You as the one True God of our lives , You are the source of all true and lasting joy. As we read and contemplate Your Word, we pray that we will hear Your voice of instruction, of compassion to us all.
Lord Jesus, You are the resurrection and the life, the door where we may enter into Your Father’s presence. We, the church, are Your body here in this world. Help us to be strong, be vigilant for what is right and true. All these things we pray in Your Blessed Name. Amen.
Yours in Christ , Rollie