Philippians 2:1-13 It is God who is at work in you

Philippians 2:1-13

1 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2 make my joy complete: be 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 regard others as better than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. 5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, 8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12 Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Spend 5 to 15 minutes in silent meditation using your deep breathing to guide you.
  • Begin to set aside the cares of the world.  Allow the presence of God to shine inside you.
  • Set aside the cares of your home.  Allow the presence of God to grow inside you.
  • Set aside the cares of your day.  Allow the presence of God to spill out of you.
  • What do you notice spilling out?
  • How will God use you as God’s servant today?
  • Pay attention over the day to the ways God is spilling out of you.
  • What joy can you identify?
  • Where do you notice this in your body?
  • At the end of the day reflect on God’s presence in you and in the world.
  • Give thanks to God for being at work in you and in the world.  Give thanks to God for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, September 25,  the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
Philippians 2:1-13
Matthew 21:23-32
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Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

One thought on “Philippians 2:1-13 It is God who is at work in you

  1. I like this translation also:
    “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God…”
    Telling us that a partnership is where the power and authority comes from!

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