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Serve Others

by
Scott Benson

Ask God to speak as you interact with today's Scripture and devotional.

“Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.” — Philippians 2:3-7 (NLT)

Did you notice the apostle Paul’s encouragement not to look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too? That phrase, “take an interest,” is not a passive posture. It’s not waiting for serving opportunities to surface. Instead it’s proactively pursuing the interests of others.

Now, Paul’s not saying that we should no longer have any interest in our own interests. He’s simply saying that our interests should no longer be our only interests. Where once our interests were the exclusive focus of our attention, now we have the opportunity to follow Jesus in humbly taking an active interest in others. That’s the heart of Jesus! 

reflect

Answer the questions below and write down any other thoughts and prayers to God in your Life in Rhythm journal.

  1. This week, whose interests is God calling you to take an interest in? Allow the Spirit to bring someone to mind. 
  2. Ask the Spirit to guide you in asking questions or making observations that will direct you in actively serving that person. 
  3. Ask the Spirit for specific opportunities to serve that person this week, based on how He’s leading you.

Note: You might have remembered that there is one last “S” in B.L.E.S.S. that we have yet to cover. That final “S” is coming in Session Seven when we will focus on our sixth Rhythm, Share Your Stories. You and your group will each have an opportunity to write a 3-5 minute version of your story during your group session. Then you’ll actually practice sharing it with someone in the group. Don’t worry, we’ll provide some story-writing tips. You’ll be blessed to hear the stories of other group members. And, you’ll be a blessing to your group, too! 

Also, we realize that there might be people in your group who are still asking questions and have not yet committed their life to Christ. If that is where you are today, we’ll invite you to simply share where you are in your spiritual journey, as you feel comfortable. 

Go deeper (optional)

Every day you'll have an opportunity to "go deeper" into God's Word by practicing the REAP study method. Read the following scripture and use your journal and the REAP method to unpack the following scripture and apply it to your life.

Romans 15:1-5
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