Scripture: Philippians 2:1-8 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,notlooking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;rather, he made himself nothingby taking the very natureof a servant, being made in human likeness.And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
Devotional: Paul writes this letter to the church in Philippi in order to encourage the believers there to have unity in the Spirit and to live selfless lives as followers of Jesus Christ. He references all the comfort, compassion, love and tenderness that these Christians have received as a result of God’s grace and their relationship with Jesus.
Reread the passage with the thought that the apostle Paul is writing this to you personally.
- With what self-interests do you spend most of your energy?
- What might it look like for you to look to the interests of someone else more than you do your own?
- What things have you thought beneath you that you would now do to value others, humble yourself and serve someone else?
- Jesus was obedient to God’s will, even to the point of death.Reflect on your own obedience. Are there areas in which you need to walk in obedience?