“Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.” vss. 5-7
While Paul’s words to the Philippians are still often quoted, in reality, few in our newly gilded-age take them to heart. The people most admired among the masses are the proud, the bold, and the rich, all those who have filled their lives with property and money. Humility is no longer considered a virtue! Instead the majority pays lip service to saints while giving its heart and support to billionaires. Even Christian pastors get caught up in the frenzied adoration of wealth in their mad pursuit of power and influence. In contrast, followers of Jesus are gently encouraged to think like him, to adopt his mindset, and to walk humbly in his Way. It’s doubtful that others in this misdirected society will imitate us, but that’s OK. In his day, the crowds looked to Jesus for miracles, but only a few aspired to carry a cross. But in those few his presence continued, and in their humility the world has been changed. Thank God for those in whom we see the mind of Christ. They live and serve among us with loving faithfulness, gladly emptying themselves for the sake of others. In them, Jesus continues his ministry of healing and forgiving, and by their presence all of us are blessed.
Thought for the Day: Why are billionaires so admired?