This next section of scripture may not sound like it to our ears, translated as it is from the original language in which it was written, but it is in fact a hymn – perhaps the earliest Christian hymn we have the words to!
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Join us to Your work Lord God,
to bring together what had been undone;
to mend lives that have been broken;
to restore order to what has been shattered;
to heal those who have been suffering;
to bring wholeness to what has been damaged;
to bind up whatever has been torn apart;
to release those who have been bound;
to restore what has been lost or mislaid;
and to complete what has been left undone.
You have been doing all this since the beginning of history,
And You will continue to do it until the world is completed,
And all things find their fulfilment and purpose in You! So may we find fulfilment and purpose as we join our efforts
In your timeless work to bring the Kingdom of God to all.