Philippians 2:5-7

“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although he existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.”

You would think that things would be a lot more different in our world today from what they were when Jesus was on earth. However, there are far more similarities than you would think. Sure, our technology and architecture are different; our food is highly processed now, unlike it was back then; and our fashion styles have changed many times. At the core, though, things are pretty similar. There are still people fighting for power, racism and prejudice still dictate far too much in our culture, and we still push people to the margins for being different. We have made some strides in the right direction, so it isn’t a lost cause, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

Each and every one of us has something to offer the world in order to make it a better place. We have a voice, an influence, and a choice to make in our culture and in the lives of those around us. You may have more cultural privilege than others, but that does not mean you are better than anyone else. It simply means you have more responsibility to do something with that privilege. Jesus, who had all the privilege anyone could have ever wanted as he sat on his throne in Heaven, decided to use it to pour himself out for the sake of everyone. He used His privilege and influence to serve, to love, to teach, to heal, and to equip others to do the same.

Now it is our turn. It is your turn. It’s time to serve the oppressed, love the forgotten, teach the lost, heal the hurting, and equip others around you with the truth and power of God. This is your ministry. This is our purpose. This is how we keep moving forward. Use whatever it is that you have been given – skill, talent, passion, hands and feet, your voice or your privilege. Do something.

QUESTION 1. What have you been given that can be used for the work of the Gospel and the improvement of our culture? How are you currently using those things?
QUESTION 2. What is keeping you from using what you’ve been given to impact the lives of others?
CHALLENGE: So often we get overwhelmed by how much work needs to be done in our world that we sit back and do nothing. Instead of looking at the very big picture, focus on doing one small act at a time to impact the lives of others each day.
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