Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

Philippians 2:3

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

Humility is recognizing who we would be without God’s grace and using that recognition to serve and redeem others. Living in humility as Jesus did, we don’t just practice the golden rule but go one step better — we treat others better than we would treat ourselves. Are we instructed to do this because we’re unworthy or unfit? No! Jesus was worthy and glorious, but he chose to treat others better than himself when he sacrificed himself to redeem all of us. It’s a high standard. It’s a demanding standard. It is not for wimps or pretenders. But it is a must for all of Jesus’ disciples. Why? Genuine humility is ultimately glorious. (Hint: Read down through Philippians 2:10 and remember that the same type of reward will be given to the faithful!)

My Prayer…

Almighty God, thank you for adopting me as your child and making me holy and precious. Please help me to see myself as you do, and then, as one of your precious children, empower me by the Holy Spirit to serve others in ways that help them see your glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

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