Fomenting diversity and reconciliation is at the prophetic heart of our gospel.
We will do what it takes to be an anti-racist, diverse community that represents the new humanity.
Today’s Bible reading and an excerpt from it
Read Philippians 2: 9-24
Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
More thoughts for meditation
Today’s Bible reading is ambitious. It starts with the goal that every knee should bow at the name of Jesus. Then we are exhorted to work out our salvation in the knowledge that God is working out that goal in and through us. Finally, we are told to hold on to the word of life as we hold it out—and shine! God must really respect us, if that is our calling!
In the same way Paul was poured out, we might be poured out like a libation on the sacrifice of faith that is growing in the world and is causing more and more people to praise God. Like Timothy, we might have a lot of responsibility because others aren’t as available or as reliable as we are.
The challenges of being a true child of God “in a warped and crooked generation” become very evident every time we engage in God’s, and now our, ambitious work of reconciliation. In the case of racial reconciliation, we need to do what we’ve got to do to be anti-racist, even if it requires sacrifice or it seems like we are doing more work than everyone else.
[Check out our long-held convictions summarized in our statement: The New Humanity]
Suggestions for action
Pray: Give me courage in my trembling. You have honored me with great things to do.
Today’s passage is exuberant! God is at work to fulfill his purpose: Shine! Boast! Rejoice! Be encouraged! Be full of hope and confidence! Maybe we can’t drum up exuberance, especially when we don’t feel successful all the time. But we can kneel in fear and trembling before the One who can generate some joy and hope. Let’s start with kneeling as we look ahead toward the ambitious goal in our proverb to be anti-racist in a racist society. Why don’t you literally pray on your knees for a while right now? Show your respect of the name of Jesus, the name that summarizes all that Jesus is and does, and appreciate how God has respected you, too.