Saturday: March 31                                      

Philippians 2:5-11

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

             who, though he was in the form of God,

            did not regard equality with God

            as something to be exploited,

            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.

            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.

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            Paul’s joy in his fellowship with the Philippians would be even greater if they would show the unity to which every church is called, and this calls for an attitude of humility.  Oh, dear!  Therein lies a problem.  Sometimes we find this part of the imitation of Jesus more difficult than others. 

            Paul quotes a powerful hymn or creed in celebration of the incarnation, humiliation, and obedience of Jesus – a course that had led him not only to the cross, but ultimately to exaltation in “the highest place.”  The call to the church to follow Jesus’ example would bring solutions to its problems, but they must learn to work it out together, not through mumbling and grumbling.

            Attitude is the key to unity, and Christ is the example for them and for us.  In this change of attitude will ultimately come joy and healing.  As God the Son gave up the “prerogatives of deity” to die as one of us, for our sins, we are called in amazement to do the same.  In following Christ, our loving example, we are given joy and wonderful healing.

May we find in you, O Christ, the way toward unity, the way to joy!

Rev. Norma Jean McClung

Parkersburg, WV

 

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