Paradise Calvary Chapel

Devotionals

Serving One Another
Anonymous - Feb. 28, 2015
Devotional

Serving One Another Philippians 2:3-4, "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others." Recently the Lord has been doing a work in my heart concerning loving other people and knowing what that really means. It's easy to think about ourselves. No one needs to teach us to think about our needs and wants or how to seek to please ourselves. It comes with our fallen nature, with being sinful; we naturally think about ourselves and how we can fulfill our desires. Not that it's always a bad thing to desire something and to seek after it. When i'm hungry I have the desire to eat and I get food. When i'm tired I sleep, etc. But let's look at the big picture; are my needs and wants my main priority in life? Does the order of my service go something like this: God, myself, others? Or even worse: myself, God, others? I believe the point Paul is trying to get across here in Philippians is that we are to think of others and serve each other first. So often I don't even realize that I am looking out for only my own needs. I can become so self absorbed so easily. My prayer life becomes completely self centered. "God do this in my life.", "God grow me", "Lord speak to me and meet my needs today." They're good prayers and they are needed, but I take up the spotlight in my mind, my needs are more important and need to be met more than others needs in my mind. So the Lord has been showing me even there in my prayer life how to prefer others. I still pray for myself, but I have been finding a fulfillment and contentment in praying more for others and their needs than I did before. I have been thinking about others and about the Lord and His goodness rather than choosing to focus on myself. And man does it feel unnatural. It's such a hard habit to break, self-centeredness is! As the Lord has been teaching me this I have recognized more and more the opportunities I have to love others and prefer their needs or even wants before mine. Whether it's sharing food with someone, or paying for their coffee, holding the door open, being last in line, etc. There are so many little things I have the opportunity to do to bless others in my day. What opportunities do you have each and every day to prefer someone else's needs before your own? Pray today that God opens your eyes to recognize those things more this week. Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions.