Scripture: Philippians 2:1-13
Key verses: (4-5) 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
Reflection: For us today, we may hear Paul’s message right alongside those in Philippi. The message is still the same. We are not called to imitate the exact actions of Christ but instead imitate Christ’s attitude toward service.
Christ came not to be served but to serve. And we all are to serve through our own unique calling.
Jason Petty, a black poet and Christian artist known as Propaganda, tells of his life living in South Central LA, and how God spoke to him in a violent neighborhood of Mexican gangs. He speaks,
Meanwhile, church service I was never missing.
Mama made me take notes to see if I was listening.
But I lived among the Mexicans, so I never did the Crip thing.
Instead they gave me cans to write my name up on the bricks thing.
All the while God was training me to hear His voice.
Because only He knew that I would soon make a choice.
I was this tagger, slash rapper, son of a black panther.
And they got high hopes for him. He gon’ be a pastor.
So should he run with the church boys, the backpackers, or thugs?
And it’s funny, it seems like the Lord’s answer was “All of the above”
We are called to imitate Christ, to have the same mind as Christ. The King of Kings washed the disciples’ feet. The Lord of Hosts invites the so-called wicked and unrighteous to dine at the Table. We are called to witness to the relentless love of God found in Jesus Christ.
In telling how God has provided all he needed Propaganda continues …
You is looking at a last born, rightful heir to the throne,
the son of a nobody, with poverty in his bones, and that’s beautiful.
See we ain’t never had nothing, but nothing was sufficient, it kept my belly full with stuff the rich was missing, and that’s beautiful.
God is self-giving for the sake of others. God is love expressed in self-sacrifice. We are called to express the love ourselves in the humble service of others. This narrative is not to shame us into thinking we can never live up to Christ. This narrative provides hope and a promise, so that we can live into Christ!
Prayer: Humble me, O God. Amen.
Author: Ben Brannan
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].
 This testimony comes from the I AM SECOND series. You may find it at https://www.iamsecond.com/seconds/propaganda/