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Monday, March 03, 2014  – Psalm 5; Proverbs 27:1-6, 10-12; Philippians 2:1-13 and John 18:15-18, 25-27

Philippians 2:1-13 – 4Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. 5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, 8he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross.

12Therefore, my beloved, …. work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

I suggest we use today and tomorrow to prepare ourselves for Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. At Community Presbyterian I’ll be hosting a small group gathering Wednesday evening at 5 pm to look at the texts for Sunday and what God is saying to us. We’ll have a light supper together, read the texts together, discuss them and pray together. The first night we’ll also administer the ashes on one another, remembering that from dust we came and to dust we shall return.

In the Philippians text for today we hear the words; “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”. I believe our salvation is already worked out through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, yet it’s not worked out within each of us. What I mean by that is as we believe and trust in Christ we know our salvation is signed, sealed and delivered through Christ. Yet, how I live out this gift of salvation can only be accomplished as I live out this gift of salvation day by day.

In our reading we have also one of the earliest hymns or creedal statements of Jesus’ followers.

Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, 8he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross.

Jesus the Christ should be our focus as we work out our salvation day by day.

Lent is a time for us to once again journey with our Lord to the cross. Lent is a time for us work out our own salvation day by day. Make the Christ your focus as to how you will live out your salvation this day and use today to prepare yourself to enter the Lenten season and journey with Christ to the cross.

Lord Jesus Christ; I give thanks today for the gift of salvation. May I treasure it and unwrap this gift by seeking to live out this day doing those things you call me to do and making you the focus of not only this day but my entire life. May your life guide me in life. Amen.

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