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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Many people—even Christians—live only to make a good impression on others or to please themselves. But selfishness brings discord. Paul therefore stressed spiritual unity, asking the Philippians to love one another and to be one in spirit and purpose. When we work together, caring for the problems of others as if they were our problems, we demonstrate Christ’s example of putting others first, and we experience unity. Don’t be so concerned about making a good impression or meeting your own needs that you strain relationships in God’s family. (NLT)
Philippians 2:1-11 – Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and sympathetic? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one heart and purpose.
Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing.
Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross. Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Lisa Bartelt (Pennsylvania) titled her story “THE RACE TO BE LAST;” here is a portion of Lisa’s story:
“. . . To be honest, I don’t want to be last. I don’t want to be left out of anything. But Jesus is clear that those who humble themselves are honored in the end. In today’s reading, Paul instructed the early Christians to think of others first. If I want my life to look more like Jesus’ life, then I have to rid myself of the desire to be first. Like my children, I can strive to be last, not because I think nothing of myself but because I think more of others.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – We become more like Christ when we put others first.
Prayer: Dear God, when we want to be first, show us how we can humbly serve others. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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