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Daily Steps - Philippians - Week 3

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Philippians 2:2-4 - “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.”

Acting Like the Royals We Are

C.S. Lewis, the much-beloved author of The Chronicles of Narnia and Mere Christianity, once said that there is no one you will ever meet who is a mere mortal. And because there is absolutely no one on earth who is just an ordinary person, every interaction you have bears the weight of helping someone on his or her spiritual journey… or not. As a believer in Jesus, 1 Peter 2:9 declares “but you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 

Here is how Lewis put it in his 1941 sermon titled The Weight of Glory: “The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbor’s glory should be laid daily on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken. It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations.” 

No matter our lifestyle choices, political differences, or personality types, Philippians 2:2-4 declares that the love of Jesus is to be offered to anyone we meet. We are to honor every human being as a fellow royal-in-the-making. No one is out of reach of the hand of God, but Jesus made it clear that it is not our jobs to judge anyone’s progress toward — or distance away from — their eternal destiny.

Often when we are confronted with a lack of honor in our hearts toward someone we disagree with, disapprove of, or simply don’t like — even if our negative thoughts never exit our mouths — our first instinct is to make excuses. But like our memory verse this week, the inescapable truth of 1 John 4:10-11 beckons us as believers to see others with God’s perspective and treat everyone with honor as Jesus did: “This is real love — not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.” We can’t love God enough to make ourselves worthy of the royalty He gives us. Nor can we muster up enough honor or love from within ourselves to bring everyone we encounter to reach the glory God offers them. We have to let God’s unbiased love, made possible through Christ, flow through us to others. Our responsibility is to do our best to not get in its way and ask God to prune us more and more every day to be humble, royal servants to everyone we meet or talk to through any means, channel, or interaction. It’s a tall order, but it comes from a King who will stop at nothing to help us carry His love to every subject in His realm. 

 

Bible Readings with Prayer Prompts

As you contemplate these passages throughout the week, make time to pray before you read them and then again afterward. In each reading, ask God to show you what the verses mean specifically for you. God’s Word is alive, so even if you’re familiar with these Scriptures, approach them with an expectant heart and an open mind. God wants to converse with you.

Monday - Read Romans 8:15-17 and reflect on what it means for you to be an heir of God. Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you of the specific responsibilities that come with that privilege.

Tuesday - Read Luke 22:24-30 and ask God to search your heart for any seeds of pride, judgmental tendencies, or superiority.

Wednesday - Read Isaiah 62:3 and spend time praising God for His consistent and never-ending love for you. Ask Him to help you see others as royals-in-the-making throughout your day.

Thursday - Read John 13:1-17 and spend time imagining yourself in that same scene with Jesus. What do you think your reaction would’ve been? How would having Jesus wash your feet change your perspective or make you feel? Sit still with a thankful heart and ask Jesus to help you receive and share His sacrificial love.  

Friday - Read 1 Corinthians 7:22-24 and then ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand the weight and joy of being “bought with a price.” Spend time in prayer asking God to show how He wants you to help and serve others in your life.  

Invite God's Presence

Select one or two of these spiritual practices to try this week. For ideas on how to practice these and why they are beneficial, watch the brief video series about Daily Steps at the bottom of this resource page.  

  • Worship
  • Meditate on a verse
  • Be still and listen
  • Spend time in solitude (i.e. a walk in nature)
  • Journal 
  • Create (paint, sculpt, draw, write poetry or music, etc.)
  • Fasting
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