It’s Wednesday! I pray that y’all are aware of God’s ever-present love for you today. This week’s worship devotional is written by Brooks Coker, our pre-teen ministry worship pastor. Let’s dig into this reflection from Paul’s letter to the Philippians.
“Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. 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. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”
Philippians 2:1-5 NLT
In our everyday walk of becoming more like Christ Jesus, we are called to come together in agreement. Maybe not in agreement over politics or over who we think should have won a grammy, but in agreement of belonging to Christ, in agreement of his love, in agreement of communion. This should challenge us to put away our pride and our innate desire to impress others. These are things that Satan uses to eat away at our integrity.
The good news is that, as we seek and grow closer to Christ, we will also grow closer to each other. As we grow closer to Christ our hearts will become tender and compassionate. The more I understand the grace that God has given to me, the more I want to extend that grace to my brothers and sisters.
Ask God to search your heart and point out some attitudes that don’t align with Christ’s.
Are you thinking of others as better than yourself? Are you taking interest in others? This concept is much different than what our modern society teaches us today.
How can I continue to love and work together with my worship community? How can we better walk in humility?
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, You are amazing and you deserve of all of our praise. Would you continue to shape us? Would you fulfill the longing we have for wholeness and rest in you? Help us to see our brothers and sisters as fellow image bearers. Lord, would you establish unity and comradery among us? We pray that our worship would be pleasing to you. Amen