Monday, July 9, 2012
We pray for Christ's attitude
"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus."
-Philippians 2:3-5 (New American Standard Bible)
What does Christ's attitude look like? In this chapter, we can read how Christ is the ultimate example of selfless love. God came down to earth and walked along the streets of His creation. He showed us how to love with humility, even suffering on the cross, so we wouldn't have to pay the price for our sins against Him.
How does that impact us? We are changed, not because we are wise or perfect, but because of what God does with our lives when we ask for forgiveness and turn to Him. God is the One who can transform us from the inside out. When we receive Him into our lives, we let Him take the reins and lead. As He works on our hearts, He heals us.
How does this impact our life? Recently, my community group, friends and family chipped in, in different ways, to help me move from Louisville to Houston. Moving can take so much time and can feel exhausting, and it was a blessing to have their help. As we serve Christ, God is working through us. Hopefully, as we serve Him, others will see more of who this God that we serve is, and want to know Him, too.
Lord, thanks for sending Your Son, Jesus, to sacrifice for us. Help us see how to have an attitude of humility. Please help us live out of a deep love for you and a desire to help others know You, too. Amen.
A great video - YouTube music video "Be" by Selah
"Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls" (Matthew 11:29, NASB).
For more study: Philippians 2:1-18, Romans 15, Philippians 1:1, Galatians 1:10
The above study was based on the "Praying God's Heart" guide for study from HeartCall: Women Sharing God's Heart (Martin, 1999).
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