Friday, January 28, 2011

Daniel Fast Day Twelve

Philippians 2: 1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Going to walk through Philippians 2 over the next couple days of this fast.

Paul is in prison and he is writing to the church in Philippi to encourage them not to give up or give in, but to continue in the faith.

v. 1 If Jesus has any impact on you...If He's made any difference. If He's comforted you, encouraged you, show you compassion or tenderness...

v.2 Then be united in love, spirit and mind. Don't do this thing on your own...Don't live in judgment of others. Don't live in self-righteousness.

v.3-4 But instead root more for those around you than for yourself. Treat others more than you treat yourself. Seek blessing for others more than you seek blessing for yourself.

The temptation when we sacrifice is to turn our eyes to ourselves and what we're lacking...but Paul is saying the best way to live sacrificially and humbly is to think more about others than ourselves. So today, if there are challenges with your fast, get your eyes off yourself and get them on serving others.

1 comment:

Wood said...

Keep going strong, all of you fasting, and Ben, this is a great devotion, even though Im not participating, its a good word for us each day.