Thursday, January 14, 2021
Read Phil. 2:3-10
Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
There are many things in the bible that are contrary to modern world views. This is one of the most conflicting. The world teaches self-promotion. In the world, you hear things like, “You need to climb the ladder of success. If you don’t look out for yourself, no one else will.”
This is not how Jesus lived and it is not how we are called to live. We are called to humble ourselves and think of the interests of others. Living in humility requires immense trust in God. Jesus trusted his Father so much that he went to the cross because he was thinking of us more than he was thinking of himself. Because of this, Scripture tells us that “God exalted him to the highest place.” For us to live with humility, we must trust that He is going to take care of us. We must trust that glorifying Him produces better results than glorifying ourselves. This requires a great paradigm shift in our thinking. Our minds should be on the advancement of the gospel, not on the advancement of our own personal agendas. As John the Baptist said in John 3:30, “He must become greater, I must become less.”
Do you trust God enough to live a life of serving others? Do you trust God to meet your needs so you can look to the needs of the community and the world around you?
Prayer: Father, I am amazed when I consider the humility of Jesus. I am amazed that He endured such pain, heartbreak, and humility for me. Help me to trust you as He did. Help me to trust you to take care of me so that I can be free to care for those around me.
Ministry Prayer: Pray for our church plants in Oregon. Pray that they will trust in the Lord to meet their needs as they look to serve those who need Jesus. Pray that God would encourage them.
- Remedy City Church – Pastor Josh
- Garden Church – Pastor Aaron
- Trinity Church – Pastor Raju
- Word of Life Church – Pastor Adrian
- New Creation Fellowship – Pastor Tom