Daily Dose – July 29

How can we be more humble? If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and passion, then make my joy complete by being like minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. -- Philippians 2:1-11(NIV) How can we become more humble? The answer quite simple: follow the very example and teachings of Jesus Christ as he taught us. First and foremost, we need to love God with all of our heart, soul and mind. If we are walking in the love of God, by the examples of Jesus Christ, and live by the Spirit we will want to do what is right and glorify God as he created us to do. We will love mercy and do justice. We will think less of ourselves and more of others. We will want to serve others remembering that if we do it for the least, we have done it for Christ. With this in mind, I want to challenge each of you to look into opportunities to be of service within our church and our community. It won’t always be convenient. It may not always “feel” good. It may mean getting dirty, or it may mean changing your view of other people. Jesus was willing to do all of those things for us – and more. Will we do the same for him? Kim Clement