Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
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! (Philippians 2:1-8)
Over the next four days we will focus on the Discipline of Service. If there were ever two words that need to be rescued from misuse, “service” and “servants” would certainly have to be considered. Just consider the term “customer service” used for some of the institutions we engage with, or consider the term “public servants” especially when it is associated with some politicians. And then, there is Jesus. He comes along and the meaning of service and servant was never clearer. Paul wisely, therefore, admonishes us to imitate Jesus’ servant nature in Philippians 2:1-8 (see above). The passage is rich with motivations we need to have and motivations we need to avoid. This is a great place to start our review of the Discipline of Service.
Please prayerfully read the passage and answer the questions below.
Today’s Questions for comments:
- What are some of the qualities of Jesus described in the passage that make him the perfect model for the Discipline of Service?
- What are some clear motivations to avoid?