Choosing Joy: Philippians 2:1-4

August 11, 2019

Philippians 2:1-4

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 

When we realize God is ultimately in control and our lives are in His trustworthy hands, we can stop pushing our agenda. Instead of having a selfish, self-centered to-do list, we release our wants, dreams, and desires for something far greater… HIS! Life isn’t about accomplishments but rather relationships: our relationship with Christ and our relationship with others. How we live our lives really comes down to a question we have to answer daily: will we live for Christ or will we live for ourselves? When we live for ourselves - our wants, our desires, and our dreams – we become our own focus, not Jesus. But what if we chose differently? What if when we wake up each morning, we choose Jesus? Before our feet hit the floor, let’s surrender our day to Him. Instead of having an inward focus, let’s reach out in humility to others, recognizing ways we can be Jesus’ hands and feet right where He has placed us. Humility isn’t thinking less of ourselves, but thinking of ourselves less often - His will over our own. 


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