Morning: Psalm 119:49-72; I Kings 17:1-24; Phil 2:1-11; Matt 2:1-12
Evening: Psalm 46, 87; I Kings 8:22-30; Ephesians 2:11-22
Paul invites us to imitate the humble mind and ways of Jesus. I heard author John LeCarré yesterday saying he hates institutional religion because they treated him harshly in an authoritarian church-run school. Religion can easily forget its founding ethos. It’s hard to imagine how Paul’s teaching could give rise to abuse: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit … in humility regard others as better than yourselves … look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” But when institutional values take over, so does ambition, and then, ‘O Lord, it’s hard to be humble’!