"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice." Philippians 4:4
Begin your time with God in prayer:
Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life. Yield your will to God’s will.
Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart:
The last ingredient of healthy relationships that we’ll look at this week is humility.
Matthew 20:25-28 - 25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. 26 It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, 27 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
How did the Gentiles interact with people (vs. 25)?
How do we become great in the Kingdom of God (vs. 26)?
Why did Jesus come (vs. 27)?
God’s way is not the world’s way. In the world, people trample over each other to get what they want. They seldom admit they’re wrong and they seek to be acknowledged by others. Not so with Jesus. He came to follow God’s plan and give the glory to God.
Apply God’s Word to your life:
- In what ways can you serve others today?
- To whom do you need to admit you’ve been wrong?
- Ask God to make you aware of your pride. Work diligently today for the Lord and His glory. Wait for God to exalt you at the proper time.
Jesus, thank you for giving Your life as a ransom for me. Forgive me for being self-centered and focused on my agenda. It’s not Your way. Help me to be humble today, putting others first, admitting when I’m wrong and seeking to glorify God and not myself. Amen.
1 Peter 5:5b-6 - …and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.
Philippians 2:5-8 - Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Posted on Sat, January 28, 2017
by Sam Petitfils