Bible Reading: Philippians 2:1-11

One of the hardest things to do in life is putting others before yourself.  We have so much we have to take care of in our own lives, that putting other’s needs before our own can be very frustrating.  As we begin Philippians 2, we read that Paul is encouraging Christians to be united and loving towards each other.  As Christ-followers, we work for peace with all people, but especially with fellow believers.  We should not be trying to climb the spiritual-ladder by stepping on and over others but should be encouraging and helping others to climb.  If anything, we should assist others to grow in their faith and gifts, even if it means promoting them over ourselves.  This is not only difficult, but opposite to what the world teaches and models for us.  That is why we cannot look to the world for guidance, but we must look to Jesus.

Paul reminds us of the example Jesus set for us, and it really helps us find perspective.  If there was ever anyone worthy of praise and honor in this world, it was Jesus.  After all, Jesus made all things (John 1:3), so all things should be worshiping Jesus.  However, when Jesus enters the world, He did not come with majesty and glory, but He came as a humble servant.  He came to serve, not to be served.  Paul reminds us that Jesus is equal with God but lowered Himself to become a man.  Even more so, Jesus was willing to die for the sins of the world in humiliating fashion upon the cross.  This is the humble obedience to the Father that we see and learn through our Savior, and this is the example we should follow.

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Application: Is it difficult for you to see others getting opportunities, even at church?  Are you able to celebrate the blessings of God in the lives of others?  It can be difficult to do because we tend to magnify the areas we lack instead of the areas others gain.  We must look to Jesus Christ daily as our example to follow.  As we seek to imitate Jesus, we learn to look to the Father, learn His will, and we obey God’s will.  God’s will is for us to love one another and build up each other’s faith and gifts.  We should be stirring up goodness, not trouble.  Pray for God’s help in humility, look to the example set by Christ, and love and serve others by counting them as more significant than yourself.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to walk the straight and narrow path of Christ.  This fallen world tempts me to go astray, but I seek you for help and strength.  Teach me your ways, O God, so that I may honor and glorify you with my life.  Thank you for all you have done, are doing and will do.  I love you, Heavenly Father.  Amen.

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AuthorLarkin Sumerlin