TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4 ESV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Last night, I watched a video of rioters who turned over a police car, took turns pouring stuff on it, kicking it, breaking the windows with skateboards, etc. To be clear — I’m not interested in getting into a debate with anyone, but that’s not protesting. Those people weren’t standing up for the rights of others or for equality. It was vandalism, plain, and simple. As I watched these people high-fiving each other over their “accomplishment,” the only positive I saw from the video was the team effort to turn over the car. What a waste of “teamwork.” It’s a sad time we’re living in. It feels like the world has gone crazy. Part of me longs for Jesus to hurry up and come… But I have someone I love very much who still needs to make a decision for Christ and so I also pray for Jesus to wait. A lot of people need to make a decision. We need a revival so badly.
As Christians, when it comes to working together, it’s more important than ever. The world is falling apart at the seams and it’s up to us to show the world what being united really looks like. But how can WE be united when we are so divided ourselves?
Today, let’s go to Philippians 2:2-4. These verses say, “Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 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.”
What a concept, right? Actually thinking of others? On purpose! Maybe the world could see the love of Christ more if we, as Christians, were more united. What if we refused to let politics divide us? What if we refused to let discord and gossip create wedges? What if we looked for the best in each other?
So much talk has been about changing the world — looking for peace. Friends, peace won’t happen without more Jesus. If we’re not willing to live more like Jesus and focus less on our wants, and more on His wants — nothing is going to change. We have the power to bring peace, but it’s not the peace as the world defines it. We have the power to bring unity. But it isn’t going to happen on our own. We have to look to Jesus in order to find it. He is the source of it all!
Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for being the source of all that is good. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be more like Jesus. Ask Him to help you see your brothers and sisters in Christ as we’re commanded to in the Bible. Ask Him to help you love others more than you love your own way. Ask Jesus to give you the eyes to see others as He does.
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