August 1st, 2014
Today’s devotion looked at Philippians 2:1-11. It is titled, “Having the attitude of Christ”. It contains a number of ideas.
1. Be unified
Paul urges the believers to be unified in Christ. He asks them to make him happy by “agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose” (v2).
Being unified is about loving and caring for each other, putting differences aside and working together in our joint Kingdom purpose.
2. Be interested in others
Verses 3 says, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others too”.
Life is not just about you and me as individuals. It is about all of us. When I fall into selfish patterns I don’t look out for others. I can be concerned about my interests only. Paul wants us to take a wider view of life.
3. Be humble
Verses 7-8 says, “Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross”.
Christ left the glories of heaven to live in this world. He took a lowly place of a servant and even died a “criminals death” for our sin. His humility paved the way for our salvation. If Christ showed that humility, what do I have to be proud of?
So today, let us be unified in Christ’s mission, be interested in others above ourselves and be humble in all we do.