Lent – Thursday – April 14

Philippians 2:5-11

It’s actually true—less is more. Jesus tried to be a humble servant. In doing so, he was exalted and his name was lifted above all names. He wasn’t striving to be lifted up. He was striving to be obedient. All of us seek ways to be honored. “Do you know who I saw last week?” we ask our friend after an encounter with a celebrity. “May I have your autograph?” we beg, so we’ll have proof of our brush with greatness. We hope our status might climb if we connect with someone mighty. Jesus wasn’t looking for the limelight. He was looking for the hungry, the naked and the lowly. He was looking to serve. That’s why his name is above all names. That’s why he is worthy of our worship and praise.
Lord, let me serve you by being a humble servant to others. Amen.

From: Lent Devotional 2011 by Luther Seminary and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

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