Wednesday September 30, 2020
Begin this new day by praying this prayer out loud. As you are able, consider kneeling as a physical expression of your commitment to Jesus as Lord of your life and the one you desire to lead you this day. Alternatively, you might consider placing a hand over your heart as you pray this prayer.
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.
The Wesley Covenant Prayer was written by Rev. John Wesley, the 18th century Anglican priest who was the founder of the Methodist Movement.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
In the first century, the great leaders and rulers were known for their might, intelligence, and power. If a king or conqueror was particularly good at it, people would say he was divine, sent by God or the gods. Jesus wasn’t the first one to be called divine or even Messiah. But Paul reminds us that unlike these great leaders, Jesus was known for his humble, servant nature, and willingness to sacrifice his own life. He did not use his authority to rule people, he used his divinity to lead people. Rather than by force or manipulation, Jesus used love, compassion, grace, and humility to gain loyal subjects. Jesus didn’t use his authority for his own gain, but rather for the benefit of everyone else. This is the way of Christ, and the way of Christians.
What sort of qualities do you look for in leaders? Do you follow this way of Christ in your own life?
When you are finished with your time of reflection, close out this time with this prayer.
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day: Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ my Lord. AMEN.
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