READING: Exodus 28-31, Psalm 90, Philippians 2
It’s so easy to think about only our own needs and situations, often to the neglect of others. After all, our problems are real ones, and they grab our attention. In other cases, we focus all our energy on what we want – whether it’s money, power, position, or just stuff. We simply don’t default in the direction of honoring others.
Paul expected better of believers, however. Without ignoring the fact that we do have to take care of ourselves, he wrote to the Philippians, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Phil 2:3-4). Self-centered rivalries and ego-centered hearts have no place among believers, who are to instead exhibit the heart of Jesus – who humbled Himself even to death out of obedience to the Father and love for His people.
How might you show the heart of Christ in your life today? By sacrificially giving time and energy to someone who can give you little in return? By serving behind the scenes, where no one will praise you? By reaching out to the poor and hurting in your community? By offering forgiveness to someone who’s wounded you? Whatever God demands of you to show the heart of Christ, know that you won’t be able to do it apart from the transforming power of God. In that power, however, you can be a witness to the world.
PRAYER: “Lord, I want to serve others today. Help me.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Weekend is for catch-up and review