Light | Reader – Easter 2020
Silence and stillness before God (2 minutes)
Reading: Luke 22:24-27 + Philippians 2:5-11(NIV)
Luke 22:24- 27
24 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25 Jesus said to them,“ The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Question to consider this week: What adjustments may Jesus be asking you to make to your current quarantine rhythms and priorities this week?
Action Step: Journal, in a notebook or on your phone -- consider what values you may have today that align with the 'top-down, first is first' worldview. How may these values be keeping you from experiencing the Kingdom of God fully? What steps are you willing to take to begin getting rid of these to be more like the Jesus we explored in the video and in scripture?
Prayer: Lord, by Your Spirit give me eyes to see, ears to hear, a heart to perceive and hands to engage in your upside-down kingdom. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Conclude with silence and stillness before God (2 minutes)