During these difficult times our interim minister the Rev David Denniston will be writing some short reflections. These will be published here and made available through the Facebook and Twitter pages.
Make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.
Philippians 2: 2-4
Amongst the many lessons of this time of ‘lockdown’ is that we are not as ‘in control’ as we imagined! Human beings and our society and economy have been humbled by a virus.
In the midst of all the unpleasantness and loss of this situation, let us not lose sight of this lesson and the new perspective it brings. Pride only gives us a falsely inflated view of our own significance and importance. Individuals and nations are in constant need of learning the lesson of humility.
As Christians, we have before us the example of Jesus whose life of self-emptying, service, suffering and sacrifice Paul outlines in the verses that follow on from today’s reading (see Philippians 2: 6-11).
How can we learn from his example and learn to put humility into practice in our lives?
Can we look to ourselves and identify the tendency to pride or a sense of self-importance?
And can we look to Jesus and learn from him what the way of humility looks like, and follow him on that road?
In these verses Paul encourages us to be of the same mind, have the same love, avoid selfish ambition or conceit, regard others as better than ourselves, look to one another’s interests, to be humble, and to do so as we consider the example of Jesus.
So let us pray for the strength and inspiration to live in this way with attitudes shaped by Christ and his example.
Lord Jesus Christ,
who chose the lowly path
of self-emptying, service, suffering and sacrifice
out of love for us and obedience to your Father;
by your Spirit at work in us,
enable us to follow you on the road of humility
that we may gladly serve others
and regard them as better than ourselves;
to the glory of your Name.