September 14: Philippians 2:5-11
Key Verse: Philippians 2:9
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
One of the things which impressed the disciples as they grew to know Jesus more was how He seemed to be one of them even though they knew Him as the Son of God! This is one trait which encourages me when mixing with other people; if they elevate themselves above me and try to put on airs and graces, then I am not interested in what they have to say; but when they reach out to me as a fellow person I will listen and learn.
Jesus wanted us all to see this is the way through which we can love one another; but when we start lifting ourselves in position of authority because we think we deserve it, then community breaks down. Jesus wanted to build the church on people who loved one another and did not form a society where there are rulers and slaves!
God showed us all His great support for this by making sure people knew He exalted Jesus above everyone even though Jesus was walking as a person just like everyone around Him. Jesus did not separate people because of their backgrounds or because of their stature in society but treated everyone the same.
God wants us to know if we want to be more like Jesus then we have to start acting the same toward everyone and not picking sides, stature, class, race or any other societal division people come up with. Love starts with us taking the first step and continuing to walk as equals.
Points to Ponder:
Who would you like to invite into your circle?
How about opening up your circle to everyone first?