Great Plains Daily Devotional for 1/18/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Grand Island: First-Faith UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Grand Island Trinity UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Grand Island Trinity UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Guide Rock UMC
Red Cloud First UMC
Prairie Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text

Philippians 2:3-4 

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Today's Devotional

I’ve been journeying through the book of Philippians with a friend this new year. As we read the letter from Paul and converse about connections in our lives, we joke around that neither one of decided to set new year resolutions. What’s been most evident to us is seeing Philippians 2 provide a script for imitating Christ’s humility. These verses push past, and require, more than a new year resolution.

As I move in and out of seasons saying, “I need to focus more on myself”, I subsequently rout others and their possibly interests. Already a couple weeks into a new year, I feel a need to focus in on myself more. Where’s humility in a world that pressures resolutions, personal goals and fresh starts? I think Paul’s words help by looking deeper into ambition. I hear Paul speaking about learning contentment by enabling a grace that has been given to each one of us.

We learn contentment by first giving ourselves grace. Grace moves us to contentment, which then determines our motives. A humility towards other’s interests shouldn’t disregard our own interests. We can find strength in Christ as we learn to be content and radiate joy to others. Imitating Christ can be intimidating, but not if we pause to grow contentment and see God with us.
-Shane Warta
Coordinator of Lay Leadership

Prayer for Reflection

Father, it is my desire to do nothing out of selfish motives or my incentives, but rather I pray that I may in humility of heart, value others above myself, to Your praise and glory. Help me to value the needs and concerns of another more than my own and keep me humble in heart. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN.


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