Welcome to your morning coffee! May our Heavenly Father shake us out of the hypnotizing monotony of our everyday lives. Father make us sensitive to the needs of others and for your great love for them. Inspire us to take joy in giving joy to others by loving them well. May we be a people who see and love each other rightly, according to your vision, Father, and according to your will. In the name of your son Jesus and by the power of your Spirit, he who lives inside of us, help us to daily and humbly love others over and above ourselves.
Your Morning Song: "True Love" by Phil Wickham
Your Morning Scripture: Philippians 2:3-4
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.
It is fairly clear, in this verse, that it is a command, not a suggestion. God, with and through Paul, commands us to act humbly in general and towards each other. And also commands us not to act selfishly in general and towards each other. A command. Two choices on how to respond.
What is not as clear, and goes easily unnoticed, is the way in we make either one choice, or the other. Plainly said, the difference is this...
It takes conscious, consistent mental effort to humbly count others as more significant than ourselves, and to look to the interests of others beyond just our own.
It takes no thought at all to be selfish and only interested in ourselves.
The default setting of our hearts from now until we die is sin, the ultimate expression and source of all selfishness and self-interest. And if we are not daily, consciously choosing to humbly love others more than ourselves, we will instinctively choose not to.
Are we choosing to love other people humbly and on purpose?
Or are we giving other no thought at all, and letting our hearts grasp only at what pleases us?
As Jesus, loving his disciples and longing to obey and fulfill the wil of his father, washed the feet of his disciples, dressing like a slave to do a task no one would ever accidentally do. We too must actively and intentionally humble ourselves and lift others up. Trusting intimately that we will, each of us, care for each other in this way. May we be a people who live and love on purpose, according to God's desire and design.