2 November 2010Philippians 2:5-11
"Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus." (v.5)
In the verse immediately preceding today's reading, Paul exhorts
the Philippians to look not only to their own interests, but also
to the interests of others. If we all do this, everybody wins - and
for one simple reason: everyone is someone's 'someone else'! While
I am looking after someone else's interests, someone else is
looking after mine. The end result is that everyone gets
Paul then goes on to illustrate for his readers the Christlike nature of looking out for other people. He recalls how Jesus gave up equality with God to take on human form, come down to earth and die on our behalf (see verses 6-8).
Living sacrificially is a sometimes underrated aspect of the Christian life, but it is a very important one, as it reflects a key aspect of Jesus' character. Whatever sacrifices we make for each other pale into insignificance compared to sacrifice Jesus made for us.
We are told in verse 7 that Jesus "emptied himself" for our sakes. In what ways can we empty ourselves in the service of those around us?
When Paul says "let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus" (verse 5), what does that mean to you?