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What authority does Jesus have in our lives? What role do we play in granting that authority? And how might it change us to acknowledge it more completely?

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Adopt the attitude that was in Christ Jesus:

Though he was in the form of God, he did not consider being equal with God something to exploit. But he emptied himself by taking the form of a slave and by becoming like human beings. When he found himself in the form of a human, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore, God highly honored him and gave him a name above all names, so that at the name of Jesus everyone in heaven, on earth, and under the earth might bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:5-11

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Think

As a young camp director I was both excited and intimidated when the bishop would come to visit our camp. He was someone I deeply admired, and he was also my boss. So I confess that it made me slightly nervous to have him on site, just as it would for any worker to have their supervisor observing them.

All of this was disarmed one afternoon as I walked from one camp activity to another and happened to see my bishop sweeping up one of the common areas where campers would gather during free time. No one had asked him to do this. No one was there to see it. I’m sure that some would have been appalled to see him doing something so menial, but there he was happily sweeping away. He put aside his status as bishop to do something needed and kind.

Jesus’ example calls us to give up our positions of power to serve whenever possible. By humbling ourselves, we lift others up. How can you let go of your status to benefit others?

Chad Senuta

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Pray

Powerful God, thank you for your humility and that you were willing to give up your place to show your love for all of humankind. Help me to set aside my own standing in service of others. Amen.

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Go

May your knowledge of Jesus and the way you live your life draw nearer and nearer until both become one.

Go in peace, inviting and seeking that unity.

Chad Senuta

Chad Senuta serves as the Associate for Youth and Campus Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. He enjoys good coffee, listening to music on vinyl, and spending time with his family. He lives in Northfield, IL with his wife Lisa and two daughters.

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