Today is the last day of the Christian Year. Tomorrow marks the beginning of the season of Advent and a new year. Advent is a time for us to attempt to slow down a little and reflect on what Jesus’ birth means to us. It is a time to prepare for His birth day.
Today’s reading fits the occasion and provides plenty of ideas for reflection. Paul writes that Jesus emptied himself and was completely and willingly obedient to the Father. He humbled himself by taking on the human form. He suffered humiliation and a horrible death at the hands of other humans. And it was all for us; to save us from a horrible death.
Paul implores his fellow Christians to be good friends to one another, to be in agreement and to show love to each other. He asks that we put aside selfish ambition and look out for one another. At first glance it may seem fairly easy to accomplish but sometimes it’s close to impossible. Paul says “Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself.” (v 5 - The Message). Would it make a difference if we thought of ourselves in this way?
The miracle of Jesus’ birth and life, the teaching and examples He gave us, the selflessness and sacrifices He made for us - there’s a lot to reflect on as we wait and watch and prepare for the birth of our Savior.