Tuesday, November 24th

Tuesday, November 24th

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:3-5 (NASB)

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

We continue to explore today what it means for us to "become" ones who have a full and complete participation in God's mission. As we do this we must constantly keep in mind what that mission is: it is bringing the Gospel message of redemption to the world and caring deeply about the significant pain and suffering that exists in our world by taking helpful steps toward alleviating it. Today's focus is simple and today's passage addresses it head on. We have a central problem that stands in the way of the expectation God has for us to become ones whose main purpose in life is the mission of compassion he has for the world. The central problem we have is: "self absorption."

Read the passage again keeping in mind that the problem of self absorption addressed here, is directly connected to missions. This connection is substantiated in two ways: first, today's passage comes on the heels of yesterday's passage. Yesterday's passage dealt with the good work of God within each of us to help us become full participants in his mission to the world. Self absorption keeps us from the kind outward orientation to the world around us and the people in it that is so much a part of full and complete participation in God's mission to the world. Second, today's passage says that our self absorption must be replaced with the same kind of outward orientation to others that Christ modeled for us. How he modeled this for us is seen in verses 6-11 that immediately follow today's passage. These verses record for us the greatest example of "missions" the world has ever known.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, I am beginning to get the bigger perspective I need that lifts me above self absorption and helps me see the big picture of what you are seeking to do in this world. I ask that you would help me see more clearly the patterns and habits in my life that are all about me and actually keep me from becoming the "missions" person you want me to be and from engaging in the kinds of things you want me to do. Amen!

(Be sure to scroll down to Sunday for prayer requests for our Missionaries from Sunday)

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