Daily Dose, Jan. 18

 

Because we are one, drawn together, held together by the Spirit of God, we are called to live life a specific way. The Apostle Paul puts it this way, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:3-5)

We are one — each sharing the mind of Jesus.

Years ago, “WWJD” was stamped everywhere. It was on T-shirts, bracelets, wall art, bumper stickers. Everywhere you looked, you saw those letters. We saw the letters, but did we see Christians actually living their day-to-day lives asking themselves, “What Would Jesus Do” and then doing it?

It was a good campaign, as far as campaigns go. People saw it, remembered it and even shared it. But did we actually LIVE based on the question?

If we want to know “What Would Jesus Do?”, we can look at Paul’s list. Jesus’ whole life was about putting the interests of others before His own. If you doubt that, look to the cross. Whose interests were served?
When we intentionally move beyond our differences, we begin to move in the direction that Paul advised, “not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.” (verse 4)

It may seem like a slight shift of mind and heart, but big things come from a slight shift of heart and mind. — Rev. Terri Henkel