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April 16, 2010

Taking the Form of a Slave

The Dwelling passage we use when we do spiritual discernment is Phil. 1:27 & 2:5-11, the latter verses often called The Christ Hymn.  In it, Paul uses metaphors to encourage a certain way of behaving when Christians are striving.  The image of “slave,” the mentality of a slave, are crucial in Jesus’ work in The Christ Hymn, since, by being a slave to human beings like you and me, Jesus frees us into a life with the Triune God.

My question today is this: what am I doing to be a slave who frees others into life-giving relationships with God and others?  For example, today when Scott, my colleague, defends his dissertation, how can I be slave to free him into live-giving relationship with God and others?  On this weekend when one of my lifelong friends flies into town to sit with her dying mother, how can I be slave to free her into live-giving relationship with God and others?  Dwelling in this Word is where I will be, discerning the answers.

Peace to your house.   Pat

1 Comment »

  1. Sitting with this passage from Philippians was helpful for me this morning. There are 2 people in my congregation who are currently struggling with homelessness, and I’m seeking to be a servant to them–in ways that are life-giving for them and for me, and not in ways that are enabling or unhelpful. It has been hard to discern how to best do that. Reading your post and Philippians today reminds me of Robert Greenleaf’s “best test” for servant leadership:

    “The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?”

    Comment by Michael Bischoff — April 27, 2010 @ 7:26 am

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