This week is our local mission encounter. I love this as it is an intentional opportunity for our church and other churches to intentionally serve our local community. Please keep this in prayer. I am leading the devotion tomorrow morning. My short focus will be:
Philippians 2:3-4 (my thoughts are below)
New International Version (NIV)
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
I want to give you a pat on the back because this is what you are doing this week. This week you are taking your own interests and sitting them aside in order to put first the interests of others.
But to go a step further… Are you really doing this in mindset?
verse 3 says to not do anything for selfish thinking… This is beyond your actions but your thinking.
verse 3 says to value others more than yourselves. This has to do with actions and thinking.
Then verse 4 is also thinking and actions.
If Christians did this all the time I truly believe everyone would want to be a Christian.
Can we do this all the time? Can we sacrifice for the good of the many all the time?
If so, we are not just sacrificing for the person next door or the person we don’t know, but sacrificing for Jesus.
12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Have a great week in the Lord Jesus!