Be humble and think of others!

Philippians 2:1-11    Christs example of humility

2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,[b] 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

As Christians we are called to follow in Christs footsteps to the best of our ability, striving to be more like Him in everything we do.  In these verses from Philippians 2 we see such a brilliant example of how Christ lived.  Let us meditate on these words today and pray that we might find strength and faith to carry us to this end through God given grace.

In life we have so many opportunities to help others, to shine forth Gods love and humility and follow in Christs example.  Particularly in these times of covid 19 we are going through.  We can show concerns and our love for others in action, word and deed.  When we see those who are unable to get out through their vulnerability to the virus, we can ensure that they get groceries and other things they may need or even just a phone call so they do not feel so isolated.

When we see reports on the news of people blatantly flaunting the rules and meeting as they should not for weddings or other things in bigger numbers and not socially distancing.  We see people refusing to wear a mask, not washing their hands, not isolating when they have been showing symptoms or have been in contact with others who have shown symptoms.  It just goes on, with public places opening we have seen large crowds gathering and not socially distancing.

Let us as Christians show concern and love for others by doing things as simple as ensuring that we wear masks, wash our hands, isolate if we show symptoms or have been with those that have and ensure that we do not spread the virus to others who may suffer as a result.  Let us check on elderly neighbours, those who are vulnerable and those who are in need to see how we can help or just for a friendly chat that might lift their day.  Let us be humble and think of others and in doing so let us show Christs love and compassion for others through our actions, words and deeds.

Dear Lord, help us and guide us in our life to strive to follow in your footsteps, be humble and look to serve and care for others as you humbled yourself to serve and care for us.  Amen