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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!

Phillipians 2:5-8

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Prayer

Jesus,
Thank you for the example you gave through your life,
This week, help me to live by that example.

You consistently set aside your own interests,
In the same way, help me to resist the temptation of self-preservation.

You lived a radically selfless way,
In the same way, help me to think of others before myself.

You used your power to help and serve the vulnerable
In the same way, challenge me to leverage my privilege for the sake of the outcast

You brought yourself low in order to lift others up
In the same way, I sacrifice personal status, and instead lean into generous service

You lived in constant obedience to the Father
In the same way, I offer all of myself, all of my heart, all of my life to you, God.

Jesus,
I trust that as I bow low with you today,
I will also be lifted up with you in the final days,
Forever and ever. Amen.

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Questions

Think about the different relationships, communities, and situations you encounter day to day.
Where in your life do you have influence?

How aware and intentional have you been with that influence?

Jarrett’s challenge to us was to find a way to serve and meet the needs of others.
Who will you seek to serve this week?

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Jesus

This week, we’re seeking to follow Jesus’ example of setting aside personal power for sacrificial service.
This was a defining theme of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection…

The Gospel of John opens by declaring that Jesus has been with God the Father from the very beginning. But rather than stay on his throne in the heavens, Jesus lowered himself, put on human flesh, and made his dwelling among us.

In the first century, discipleship to a Rabbi was reserved only for the best and the brightest religious all-stars of the day. However, in calling folks like fisherman and tax-collectors to be his disciples, Jesus is declaring that he is a God who lifts up those who others might deem “unqualified”.

Those suffering from sickness and disease were considered by ancient Jews to be unclean and something to be avoided. Yet Jesus spent the majority of his time with the sick and hurting, using his awesome power to bring the lowest in society to healing and wholeness.

Jesus came announcing the arrival of the Kingdom of God, a reality where God would take charge of the world once and for all. But in Matthew 5, Jesus makes it clear that this Kingdom does not belong to those who think they are powerful, but it belongs to the poor, the meek, the hungry, and the outcast.

Because of sin, all of humanity lives in separation from God the Father. On the cross, Jesus sacrificed himself, taking on our separation from God and giving us his unity with God. The cross is the ultimate act of self-sacrifice in service of the other.

Jesus,
Thank you for the example you gave through your life,
This week, help me to live by that example

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