Philippians  2:5-8

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!

Have this mind

Your  attitude  should  be  the  same  as  that  of  Christ  Jesus,  who  took  human  form  and  humbled  himself  in  service  and  obedience  to  God,  even  to  death  on  a  cross.

Paul’s  description  of  Christ’s  humility  talks  both  about  his  identity  and  his  work.  Jesus  shows  the  path  we  should  choose,  following  the  Father’s  will,  not  our  own.    How  often  do  we  look  for  direction  or  guidance  in  our  everyday  lives?

I  was  blessed  to  take  a  pilgrimage  to  Israel  a  few  years  ago.  As  we  continue  our  journey  through  Holy  Week,  I  reflect  on  this  time  with  more  meaning  and  connection  having  walked  where  Jesus  walked,  viewed  the  many  places  where  he  preached  and  performed  miracles  and  stood  near  the  Garden  of  Gethsemane  where  he  prayed  to  his  father  to  take  the  cup  from  him.

My  faith  and  relationship  with  God  has  been  forever  changed.  As  we  live  in  a  very  uncertain  time,  how  do  you  view  the  choice  Jesus  made?

—Kim  Runge

Prayer:  Father,  strengthen  our  faith  and  open  our  hearts  to  the  choices  you  lead  us  to  make.  Help  us  follow  the  example  of  Jesus.

To Ponder:  Do  your  prayers  include  “what  is  your  plan  for  me,”  or  “how  can  I  best  serve  you,  Lord?”