Use this devotional at home this week. Take some time to read these verses and respond to the questions. If you want to take it to the next level, include someone else into your world while you’re reading and responding.
Session 1 – Serve Your Way to Success
1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with Godra thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, (Philippians 2:1-14 ESV)
Answer these questions:
- What are some qualities mentioned in this passage that you’d like to add to your life?
- What would it take for you to add them into your life?
- What would need to change in you for you to live like Christ’s model in these verses?
The above devotional material is from Serving in Jesus, Student Edition: Six Sessions on Ministry Copyright 2006 by Doug Fields and Brett Eastman, Published by Zonderman, Grand Rapids, MI.