Today’s devotion for today is based on Philippians 2:3-7, “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. 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.”
How can I ever hope to imitate his servanthood, his obedience, and his willingness to suffer the ultimate horror, separation, from his loving Father, all for my sake and yours? Yet this is what Paul is urging us to do, to change our mindset from love of self to love and service of others. We receive encouragement, comfort, tenderness, compassion, and love from our gracious God. All of these qualities are ours through the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit. When we practice them, then we are a blessing to the world around us.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you for all the gracious blessings you heap on us. May you, Holy Spirit, guide us as we battle the spirit of our age and strive to be more like Christ in all we say and do. In Jesus’ blessed name, I pray. Amen.