Greetings to in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Let us praise and thank God for the wonderful ways in which He is leading us in this pandemic time. Every day is an opportunity to walk in fellowship with God. Fellowship is the most important thing God wants from us. He wants us to come to know Him - to be with Him - to spend time with Him. Jesus set an example for us when He slowed the pace of His life to spend time with the father. He knows the importance of quiet moments. He often went to the mountains to pray.The more mature we become in our relationship with God, the more important this quiet time with God becomes. Let us also look forward to being alone with Him. we need to listen to Him for comfort and direction in our lives. As we are in the period of great lent it is our duty to analyze our life each moment, whether my life is pleasing in the sight of God. It is a time of retrospection and change. Phili : 2 :5 “ Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus”. Here Paul is reiterating to have the same mindset as of Christ. What is the mindset of Christ? Paul says in Verses 6 & 7 “ Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God as a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant being born in the likeness of men”. This is very relevant for us. Today we witness people wishing and even demanding for positions and power. This kind of power hunger does no good but only spoils relationships, but here Jesus is rejecting His position of being God and taking the form of a servant, which is what we are called out for. Secondly He humbled himself ( Phili :2 : 8). Humbleness is the very nature of Jesus. The desire to lift up and exalt ourselves beyond our place as God’s creature lies at the heart of pride. We are influenced by socio - technological changes that are taking place around us, which in turn has changed our very nature. Humility and the humbling of oneself is out of fashion in today’s world and seems unappealing to most of us. However, as Jonathan Edwards said, “we must view humility as one of the most essential things that characterizes true Christianity”. Our perspective on humility can be radically changed if we will ponder and meditate on the greatest example of humility in history : Jesus Christ. Thirdly he was obedient till death (continuation of V: 8). The obedience of Christ marked Him in every step of His pathway in this world, and it was “even unto death, and that the death of the cross”. Obedience to God is very important for our Christian growth. How is our obedience in relationship with the word of God ? we listen to the word of God but are we really incorporating what we hear in our daily lives and in our relationship with others ? In this pandemic and lent time around us, we see many people going through different crisis situations. When we know of friends who are going through a bad patch, let us be an agent of His hope by witnessing Christ to them. Let our words and our prayers for them be a source of comfort and strengthen them. May God bless you all.
Yours in Christ service
Rev. Santhosh Joseph.