Prayer: Let the same mind be in (us) that was in Christ Jesus. Amen (v. 5)
Reading: Philippians 2: 5-11 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Just today I was explaining to a co-worker an idea I had for someone else. As far as I was concerned it was a good plan that made perfect sense to me but I just knew the person I was going to propose it to was not going to go for it. In exasperation I exclaimed, "If only (so and so) thought like me!" My co-worker laughed. That helped me accept it just wasn't going to happen.
We may as well give up wishing everyone would think just the way we do. Simply not going to happen. Instead, Paul encourages us to have the same mind that was in Christ Jesus. Then Paul goes on to explain what that looks like which is helpful indeed. How does having the same mind that was in Christ happen? Humble obedience the same as Christ had to God the Father.
Back to so and so? We'll figure it out. -- Ruth Gates
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