Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:6-13
Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, ‘The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on Me.’ For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:1-6
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 2:4-5Footnotes:
Today’s thoughts from today’s verses:
Letting our light shine before men is all we are called to do, but it must be Christ shining out from within us. I like to say it this way: In an intimate love relationship with Christ, He fills us up with Himself and transforms our very being. With lives that are constantly being transformed as a result of our ongoing love relationship with Him, we daily join Him in the adventurous mission of letting our lives touch the world around us with His light. When we shine in this way frustration and weariness are minimized and Christ has little difficulty orchestrating where and before what people He wants our light to shine. Recognizing and embracing the reality that the life we live must be the result of Christ’s presence allows Him to become the means for God’s redemptive mission being properly carried out in our lives. This requires a great work of God in our inner person, whereby we are broken deeply and profoundly. Only in this way will we have the level of surrender and dependence needed for experiencing Christ as the true means of our mission. The passages above are filled with expressions of being done with ourselves and alive to Christ and a world of “others” that need Him desperately. When “others” see that we are ones who live our lives desperately in need of Christ and are intimately involved with Him, our light will truly be shining before men in the most effective way possible.
Today’s prayer response from today’s thoughts:
Lord, open the eyes of my heart so fully that I see my desperate need for you. Help me genuinely to hunger and thirst for you to such an extent that I seek you relentlessly. Help me to know you intimately. So revolutionize the core of my being that I am changed forever. May there be no explanation for the life I live but you. I want to shine, shine, shine as you burn brightly in the depths of my being. Hallelujah! Amen!