Saturday, June 12, 2010

Daily devotional: Interests of others

Scripture
Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Philippians 2:4 NIV

Observation
Our flesh wants to get ahead, to have the preferred positions and holdings in life. But this is not Jesus' way. He set aside everything that was rightly His to humble himself and serve all of mankind (vv.5-8), even to sacrifice HIs life for us.

Application
In the same way, lay down my own ambitions to look to the interests of my wife, kids, and the others who God brings across my path.

Prayer
Lord, while it is easy to give verbal response to this directive, it is much harder to actually do it. So I ask You and rely on You to work in me, to will and to act according to Your good purpose, as You state in v.13. Thank you for making me a new creation through Christ Jesus my Lord! I lay down my ambitions and pray that You would use me. May others see You through me and come to trust in You and be built up in You through my actions and my words. I love you!

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