Philippians 2:1-11 – Falling Upward

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Sunday evening Josh challenged us to listen corporately to the cosmic reality of Christ’s emptying himself as the example of the life of people of the gospel. Christian ideals stand in stark contrast to the world and the movement of the Empire—pushing towards the illusion of progress and perfection by any means possible.

The pattern of transformation demonstrated by Jesus willingness to empty himself—kenosis—is the reality that the way up is really down. It is falling upward; ascent through descent; loss and renewal.

The Christian mystics help us understand that it is only through the process of emptying ourselves, through falling, that we can truly know that we need God. Meister Eckhart (c.1260-1328) said, “To be full of things is to be empty of God; to be empty of things is to be full of God.” Thomas Merton expressed that this self-emptying is death to the false self and union with the true self. This is Jesus exemplified.

Read Philippinas 2:1-11.

Are we willing to let go of the illusion of progress that the world espouses?

What do we need to die to?

Do we acknowledge that we are often trying to save ourselves?

What “good” things do we do, really only for our own sake?

Are we willing to admit that we are powerless?

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