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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 29, 2014

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SATURDAY, November 29

Philippians 2:5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.

This is such a beautiful passage of scripture. There’s a poetic rhythm to the way the text builds. What kind of mind should we have as followers of Jesus? We should have the same that was in Christ Jesus himself. And just what kind of mind was that? It was a mind, a life, that emptied itself, going to the deepest, darkest parts of what it means to be human—even in death. But it was that humility, that emptying, that actually prepared the way for God to lift Christ up.

Time and again, scripture shakes us from our complacency and accommodation to think anew about the very nature of all things. This hymn of praise exalts Christ Jesus by way of his humility and turns our expectations on their heads. We scratch and grab for temporal authority, power, and prestige, but Jesus offers us something far more compelling. We see modeled in Jesus an example to us of what it truly means to be human. Our life comes from giving it away. Our power comes from letting go of false power. Our prestige comes by sitting at the seat of least honor.

Pray for the Diocese of Kibondo (Tanzania)

Ps 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104; Zechariah 14:12-21; Philippians 2:1-11; Luke 19:41-48

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