Ask, Seek, Knock

This weeks blog post comes from my son-in-law Benj Nichols, he writes…

Recently I have been subbing at Pocosin Innovative Charter. The main thing I do is teach PE with the 6th-8th graders. One thing I love about it is all the different questions I get asked: “where do you live?”, “how old are you?”, and “What other job do you have?” With such diverse questions it always ends up at the Church, no I am not talking about a building, but rather I am talking about God’s people. The kids start asking where do I minister? What do I teach? What fun things do we do? And I Just love it because I can teach them, no matter how small, about Jesus.

This makes me think more and more about childlike faith. Are we asking all the questions that come to our minds? Are we trying to find the answers in the Bible? Are we doing our very best to gain a closer and more personal relationship with God? Matthew 7:7 says “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” This verse in sum is three different aspects: “ask, seek, and knock.” Are we doing those things? Even more than that are we doing those things as much as a child would?

ASKING. “Why” is a question phase that all kids seem to go through. Benji isn’t quite there yet but I am hesitantly looking forward to it. Kids are just curious, they want to know every aspect, you explain the why and then they have 5 more. They want to know so much because their brain, their knowledge is expanding, they have a yearning for it. As Christians we hear things all the time, whether it’s through Sunday morning sermons, self-study, or just talking to fellow Christians. We hear things all the time and just accept it, instead of asking “why”. Now I’m not saying to question God, but we should see why God loves us so much, why we ought to respect those in authority, etc.. If we ask why it helps build a relationship because you truly want to know the mind of God. Now we might not be able to find an answer to all the whys, but God will never get tired or annoyed of those who want to grow a relationship with Him by asking “why”. 

So why don’t we ask why? Most of the time it’s because of our own fears. We don’t want to ask any dumb questions, for if we do, people might think less of us. We fear that if we ask a question, we might not always get the answer we want. For the answer could cause a change in beliefs, tradition, a way of life and change can often be frightening to people. We might not want to change, so ignorance is bliss right? Not necessarily. 

SEEKING. My son is 1 year old, and he is already walking all over the place, and his curiosity is showing. When we walk with him into new places his eyes brighten up and has the biggest grin on his face and he starts to take off to explore to seek the unknown. 

It’s okay to ask others why but do we try ourselves first to find the answers? Or to find out more about God? Do we seek Him? We are blessed to be able to have our own copy of the Bible easily available to us whether it is a hard copy or even through a Bible app. We have the opportunity to read the Bible and find out answers to our “why” questions. With such availability God would want us, expect us, to seek the truth about His Word even though it might mean a change. 

So, I ask again why don’t we seek? We already talked about the fear of asking, so we won’t talk about fear, but in my opinion, I think we are lazy and don’t want to take the time. Now in general you might not be lazy, you might honestly have a busy schedule: work, kids, spouse, parents. You might get up and lay down once and fall asleep and then get up the next day and do it all over again. That’s not being lazy, however, it’s not putting God as a priority in your life, if you’re not trying to seek Him first. Matthew 6:33 says “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” If we are seeking first God’s kingdom, we will make time to be with Him and in His word. You can go to God with your family, make it family time. If you do that your kids will see you showing the importance of seeking God, and it will rub off on them if you continue on. So even in your busy schedule seek God, seek answers to your questions. 

KNOCKING. Whenever we leave the living room or try to use the bathroom, you better believe little Benji is going to be right behind you calling you back or knocking on the bathroom door until you let him in or you come out. Even if you are in a room for a long time he will just sit on the other side of the door banging on it every now and then just to remind you that he is waiting for your attention. Are we persistent when we wait for God? Are we patient while we ask Him to lead us in the way we ought to go? It’s easy to ask God to lead us or give us an answer but we want an answer right away. We want the doors to be either open or closed shut as soon as we knock, instead of waiting patiently. Think about it, if you go to someone’s house unexpectedly, do you just knock once and if they don’t answer the door right away you just leave? No, of course not! We knock again, we try the doorbell, and if we don’t hear the doorbell go off, we knock again and wait. God has a timing for everything; it just might not be as quick as we want. But the promise still is the door will be open.

So, why don’t we knock or rather keep knocking and waiting? I think sometimes we don’t want to knock at first. We might be afraid of what’s behind door number one. We might not want to walk through some of the doors. Like if God is calling you to be a minister, elder, teacher, etc. we might have this urge that we should do something, but we are comfortable in the room we are right now, so why even bother going to the door? I try to have the mentality of: if I see something is wrong or I know someone should fix something, then I should do it. Because God might be laying it on your heart to do something about it. We all have different skills, different perspectives of things so why don’t we act on it. For example, maybe you know of a church that needs a preacher, or the church you are at needs a deacon, elder, worship minister, youth minister, whatever and you think to yourself someone really needs to fill that role. Examine yourself and ask God “should I fill that role?” For instance, as a preacher or an elder you might see that you don’t quite fit the qualifications, and that’s okay. But how can you help out the church in times of need? Sometimes we just stop knocking all together because the door doesn’t open up fast enough for our liking, so we move down to the next door. Just because one door doesn’t open or a door closes, doesn’t mean God just wants you to give up, He might be saying “just hold on a bit, I’m still training you.” remember it’s all about God’s timing, not ours.

Be like a child and continue to ask, seek, and knock. Be curious in trying to learn more, be persistent and find the answer, be patient and wait for the door to open and see what God has instore for your life.

Why Does Evil Seem To Prevail?

Do you ever wonder why it seems like the wicked prosper more than the godly? Why it is that good things seem to happen more often to bad people? If so, you are not alone. Even in the Bible, you find people asking those questions and wondering if godliness really pays off in the end. If you read the 73rd psalm you will find one person’s struggle with this question.

Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Psalm 73:1-3

This is a psalm that can speak to many believers. We seek to serve God and be faithful to him. We invest time and resources in that service. And we try to make a positive difference in the world around us for the kingdom’s sake.

Then we look at our neighbors, co-workers, the celebrities on TV, sports or media stars; those who are making no attempt to please God. And yet they seem more blessed than us. Nicer cars. Bigger houses. Better vacations. And on and on. It is easy to envy their prosperity, and wonder if serving God really pays off.

That is where Asaph is when Psalm 73 begins. So much so that he had nearly fallen. Turning his back on God and following the example of the wicked. The wicked who seemed to have no worries. Free of the cares that seemed to plague him. Was it all in vain? Was there any value in maintaining a pure heart and personal innocence?

When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny. Psalm 73:16-17 NIV

On the surface this didn’t seem right. It troubled Asaph. Why did the wicked prosper so?

But then he stopped to consider their destiny. And he realized that they were on the pathway to ruin. Their prosperity would not endure, but would be swept away. And all memory of their former prosperity would be like a dream. Something that is only remembered vaguely and elusively.

And then he realized the foolishness of his jealousy. Of envying those who endure but for a moment and then are gone. In the end what have they gained?

Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:23-26 NIV

Asaph realized that while good things might happen to bad people now, it will not continue. And while he might not enjoy some of the prosperity that this world cherishes today, he had something much greater. He had God’s presence to guide him. And not just for this life. In the end, when the wicked would be punished, he would be taken into glory. Into the very presence of God.

And once he realized that, he returned to God. There was nothing this earth had to offer that could top his relationship with God, both present and future. The wicked may prosper for a short time. But God was his portion forever.

As it was in the days of Asaph, so it is today. Not all of the wicked prosper. And not all believers suffer. But it is awfully easy to think that the wicked are in general better off in this world. We might well be tempted to envy the prosperity and lifestyle of the Hilton’s, the Kardashian’s, and many others in the rich and famous sect.

But don’t envy them. What they have is only passing. In the end their prosperity will be left behind. It will be only like a barely remembered dream. They deserve your pity rather than your envy.

Put your hope in God. He will always be with you. Now and through eternity. While your strength may fail you, His will not. When you don’t know the way, which way to turn, He does. Your road may not be smooth, but it will end in His rest.

And that should be sufficient. When tempted to envy what others have, consider their fate. Then consider the all-sufficient goodness of knowing God. Let your desire be for him alone.

In His Hands,

John – HE>i

(Devotional adapted from devotableapp.com)

Prayer & Fasting

Do you ever feel stuck spiritually? Maybe your life seems in a rut, and you have no idea how to grow. Maybe you are overwhelmed with the troubles that surround you and our Christian Nation? Maybe you have a loved one who is suffering with disease? You feel hopeless and stuck! So, what can you do?

God has provided us with many spiritual disciplines to help us get closer to Him and to seek His will and way in our lives, such as prayer and fasting.

In the Old Testament we find that God’s people often fasted and prayed in times of repentance and in times of great distress, recognizing they needed the deliverance that only God could give.

Jehoshaphat did this when a group of nations threatened to conquer Judah. The opposing army was vast, and only a miracle could keep Judah safe. Jehoshaphat was learning that the nation needed to turn back to God (2 Chronicles 18-19). So, the king declared a fast and led the people in prayer, saying, “Lord . . . we do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” God then told the nation through a prophet that the battle was the Lord’s, and he would fight on their behalf.

As we humble ourselves before the Lord in prayer and fasting, God fights on our behalf in ways that we cannot even fathom. Powerful enemies self-destruct, and oppressive, unjust forces wither away. People may be healed, and churches will grow in unity and strength.

When we adopt habits of following Christ, through God’s power we can grow, serve, and praise the Lord again and again.

So, with that said, I’m declaring a weekly 24 hour day of prayer and fasting. On Wednesday’s, let’s eat breakfast, and then fast until breakfast time Thursday morning, if you are willing and your health allows. Let’s ban together as Christian brothers and sisters and let’s fast and pray for our families, community, churches and for our Nation and its leaders.

Father, “our eyes are on you.” You rule over all nations and over our hearts. Power and might are in your hands. We cry out to you to rescue and restore us. Amen.

In His Hands,

John – HE>i

Renewing Your Mind

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

Renewing of your mind. Great thought. Renewing means to resume an activity after it’s been interrupted. Life is full of interruptions.

Do you ever feel like you spend all of your energy fighting? Do you feel like the enemy is working overtime to make you doubt, to give up? Well, I’m sure he is, but fortunately for us, God has given us direction on how to handle this battle and WIN.

Our minds can become so cluttered with negative thoughts. Worry, anxiety, fear… These thoughts can also lead to feelings of rejection, unworthiness, hopelessness and the list goes on. This is because when the thoughts are allowed to come into the mind, they quickly travel to the heart. These thoughts and feelings are certainly not of God, so why do we choose to entertain them.

Most times, we don’t even realize what’s happening. That’s how crafty the enemy can be. Remember that Peter warns, “be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

When the enemy tries to enter, we must meet him at the door…do not let him take another step. We must focus our eyes on Jesus and keep our minds filled to the brim with God’s word, so there is no room for Satan’s lies.

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5

So, how do we take thoughts captive? How do we fight?

We arm ourselves. Arm yourself with scripture. Each morning during your prayer time, choose a scripture and memorize it…meditate on it throughout your day. Each time the devil comes at you with a negative thought, recite the chosen scripture in your mind. That’s how you take thoughts captive; you fill your thoughts with the word of God and let it renew your mind, calm your spirit, and bring your joy and contentment to light.

In His Hands,

John – HE>i

The Road to Happiness

Christmas is done! We’ve all opened our gifts. Some are on cloud-9 because they got all that they asked for. Some are not so happy, they didn’t get what they wanted. Some are disgruntled because others got more and others are happy because the family is happy. It’s all about perspective and where your priorities are at. The road to happiness is found by serving and putting others’ needs ahead of your own.

The gospel writer, Mark, tells us a story about a road trip filled with bickering and arguing and how Jesus handled the situation. We read about it In Mark 9:33-35, “They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” –Mark 9:33-35

Read the headlines, watch the news. It’s obvious that we live in a self-absorbed, self-centered world. Shooting death in Rocky Mount, NC. Fatal shooting in Jacksonville, NC. Bomb explosion in Nashville, TN. Thieves robbing banks and convenient stores. People mugged for their possessions. We live in a selfish world! 

That’s why there is so much unhappiness in the world. It seems to me that happy people are others-centered people and that unhappy people tend to be I-centered. The Bible constantly challenges us to be a servant, to think of others rather than ourselves. 

Albert Schweitzer was a person who knew a lot about serving. He was a missionary doctor in Africa for years. Here’s what he had to say about becoming a servant.

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know–the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”

Jesus told his disciples the two main ingredients for true happiness and in becoming first in the Kingdom of heaven. Jesus said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

If you’ve been feeling unhappy and unfulfilled lately, perhaps it’s time to take an evaluation of your life. Are you I-centered or others-centered? Your decision will affect your destiny. The road to happiness is the road of service.

In His Hands,

John – HE>i 

(Adapted from Homeword Bound Devotional Reading 12/24/2020)

Hilts Family Christmas Newsletter 2020

Camper Life!

Merry Christmas to all y’all’s, isn’t COVID-19 so much fun? I’m sure we’ve all been affected in one way or another. Pam and I had to quarantine to our camper at one point because she was exposed to the virus. PTL we both tested negative after 7 days of camper life. One thing is for sure, if we ever decide to live the camper life full-time, we are DEFINITELY getting a new camper! Regardless of this Rona, we are still VERY BLESSED! We are grandparents to the most precious and handsome grandson, BENJI!

Benji Nichols
Nichols Family

Benj continues to enjoy his job at Philippi Church of Christ and Jacqui has taken on a new job as a full-time mom. They are so blessed and are enjoying every single day with Benji and all his “benergy!” He’s a very active boy and is nearly walking. Pam and I do enjoy the spontaneous visits and grandson-sitting! It’s just one of the joys of having family so close and being able to spend time together.

Junior & Summer

Junior and Summer are still engaged but COVID put a damper in their wedding planning. Prayerfully they will be married soon in 2021 and be able to live life as one. Jr is running a small business, ENC VAPE, and has tripled sales since taking over. Summer continues to work at the Cypress Grill, located right next door to Junior, in Williamston, NC.

Lucas & Britni

Britni is enjoying her job as Nanny for the Parker Family in Greenville, NC. She has also started a photography business and is really good at it! She is doing her best in making people’s lives brighter this Christmas season! Lucas and Britni have been together a little over a year now and are enjoying life together, going on adventures and making memories. Dad approved!

The Lord continues to add to our JCC family even during this pandemic. We’ve had a few families attending church regularly and even gained a wonderful piano player who just bought a house across the street from the church. We are so blessed! Remember friends, God is good, all the time! Even during this current pandemic storm! We hope and pray this letter brings a smile to your face and that you have healthy Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! If you ever drive through NC, look us up and stay a few days, we are only a short drive away from the OBX!

In His Hands, the Hilts Family!

I Saw Jesus

I cam across this poem while doing my devotional readings last week and thought I’d share it for y’all to read and ponder on.

I Saw Jesus

I saw Jesus last week. He was wearing blue jeans and an old shirt. He was up at the building we call our church; He was alone and working hard. For just a minute, He looked a little like one of the people who regularly attend our church. But it was Jesus, I could tell by His smile.

I saw Jesus last Sunday. He was teaching a Bible class. He didn’t talk real loud or use long words. But you could tell He believed what He said. For just a minute, He looked like my Sunday School teacher. But it was Jesus, I could tell by His loving voice.

I saw Jesus yesterday. He was at the hospital visiting a friend who was sick. They prayed together quietly. For just a minute, He looked like the guy I saw at the worship gathering last week. But it was Jesus, I could tell by the tears in His eyes.

I saw Jesus this morning. He was in my kitchen making my breakfast and fixing me a special lunch. For just a minute, He looked like my wife. But it was Jesus, I could feel the love from His heart.

I saw Jesus this afternoon. He was cutting the grass in the community where I live. He was smiling and waving at everyone who was driving down our street. It made me feel special even if it was only for a moment. For a minute, I thought it was just another person we paid to keep our community clean. But it was Jesus. No one else has that much joy.

I saw Jesus tonight. He was sitting out in the street looking for someone to help him. For a minute, He looked like just another homeless person. But it was Jesus. I could tell by the look of sincere suffering in his eyes.

I see Jesus everywhere. Taking food to the sick, welcoming others to his home, being friendly to a someone who needs love and for just a minute I think he’s someone I know.

But, it’s always Jesus. I can tell by the way He serves.

May someone see Jesus in you today.

In His Hands,

John – HE>i

Love Has A Face

Love. Oh, we do like to use that word. Sounds so sweet, right? But do we love so clearly and obviously like Jesus loved?

Jesus recued the woman caught in the act of adultery. There was no doubut she was guilty, but Jesus went beyond the law, challenged her accusers and loved her despite her sin.

Remember the Samaritan woman at the well? The disciples saw Jesus talking with her in an age where men did not talk with women in public let alone a Jewish man talking with a Samaritan woman. But Jesus accepted the water that she offered and pointed her toward salvation.

The list goes on and on of who Jesus loved. The disciples saw him with every conceivable type of person, dealing with every conceivable reaction. But no behavior, no matter how bad, drove him away. Jesus was the same with everyone. He healed lepers and dined with Pharisees. There was no social group that he avoided; no one too educated or to ignorant for Him to care about. No one rejected because of his or her age or religion. Love has a face and it’s Jesus.

There once was a little boy who decided he wanted to go find God. He knew it would probably be a long trip to find God, so he decided to pack a lunch, four packs of Twinkies and two cans of root beer. He set out on his journey and went a few blocks until he came to a park. In this park on a bench, sat an old man looking at the pigeons and feeding them.

The little boy sat down beside him and he watched the pigeons too. After a while he grew hungry and so he pulled out some Twinkies. As he ate, he noticed the man watching him, so he offered him a Twinkie. The old man gratefully accepted it and smiled at the boy. There was something about his smile that fascinated the boy. He thought it was the most beautiful smile he had ever seen, and he wanted to see it again. So he brought out the cans of root beer, opened one and offered the old man the other one. Once again, he smiled that beautiful smile.

For a long time, the two sat on that park bench eating Twinkies, drinking root beer, smiling at each other, and watching and feeding the pigeons. But neither said a word. Finally, the little boy realized that it was getting late and that it was time to go home. He started to leave, took a few steps, then turned back and gave the old man a big hug. The old man’s smile was brighter than ever before.

When he arrived back home, the boy’s mother noticed that her son was happy, yet somehow strangely quiet. “What did you do today?” she asked, trying to figure out what was going on. “Oh, I had lunch in the park with God,” he said. Before his mother could reply, he added, “You know, he has the most beautiful smile I have ever seen.”

Meanwhile, the man had left the park and returned to his home. His daughter noticed something different about her father. “What did you do today, Dad?” she asked. “Oh, I ate Twinkies and drank root beer in the park with God,” he said. And before his daughter could say anything, he added. “You know, he is a lot younger than I had imagined.”

Love has a face and we need to reflect that face for all the world to see!

In His Hands,

John-HE>i

God’s Omniscience

There are many people who are worried about the future of our Country. Many people say this is the end, we’re done for! And others wonder, “Why would God allow this to happen?” “What’s the point?” “Does God even care?” Friends, we don’t know the answers, but God does. You see, our God is omniscient.

What does that mean?

Well let’s look at Psalm 139 this morning and find out. In Psalm 139:1-6 we read, “O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.”

Remember trying to get away with something as a kid? Grandma was always quick to say, “I may not know, but God knows.” 

At some point, you probably wondered, “Does He know everything?” 

The answer is yes, He does. God is omniscient or all-knowing. He has infinite awareness, understanding, and insight. 

Psalm 139 starts, “You have searched me Lord, and You know me.” That word “know” in the Hebrew is “yada,” which means to know, to perceive, to recognize, to consider. It appears more than 900 times in the Old Testament. 

Psalm 139:4 reminds us that God knows our words before we speak. If you have your Bible open, look at verse 13 of Psalm 139, it says that God knew us before we were born, and over in Jeremiah 1:5 we read, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Psalm 139:23 reminds us that God knows our hearts, and He knows our concerns. In Jeremiah 12:3 he reminds us, “But you, O Lord, know me; you see me, and test my heart toward you. Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter and set them apart for the day of slaughter.” He knows everything.

God knows every sinful thought and action you or I have ever had or will have. That may seem terrifying, but it’s actually freeing. God knows everything you’ve done, yet He still loves you. He still sent His Son to sacrifice for you. 

We can never escape God’s attention, so how should we respond? Do we fear? Do we quit? 

No! Just as David did, we ask God to search us, to know our hearts, to test us and lead us (Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”) We respond with praise and gratitude knowing that God who knows everything is guiding us through life.
 
How does it make you feel to know that God knows every detail about your life and still loves you?

When is the last time you asked God to search your heart? Take a few minutes to do that today. 

In His Hands,

John – HE>i

Unity In The Church

In case you haven’t read or heard in the news or on social media, the year 2020 has been crazy! We are in the midst of a world wide pandemic. We have mass chaos and riots in the streets. And maybe you’ve even quit listening to the news because you’re not sure who is telling the truth. You may even look all around you and see that people cannot find unity anywhere. But the church is called to be different. How can we have unity in the church amidst chaos in the world?

What makes the church the one place in the world where people from all types of backgrounds and cultures can be unified? We all share the same gift from Jesus Christ in salvation: He lived the life you and I could not live, died the death we deserved and rose from the grave three days later. 2020 has shown us that we can become divided over anything from politics, to mask mandates, to the people we vote for, and so many other issues that arise today.

WE NEED TO SET ASIDE OUR PREFERENCES

Philippians is a letter addressed to the church of Philippi. This is a church that Paul loved dearly. At the beginning of the letter, you read how he prayed for the church with joy because of their partnership in the gospel (Ph 1:4-5). He loves their church through the problems, but he was not afraid to point out a unity problem that needed to be addressed. We know that whatever issue was causing the division allowed grumbling and disputing among one another to creep into the church (Ph 2:14). Unity in the church can be difficult as everyone has their preferences and ideas on how the church should operate but being grounded in God’s Word and the salvation of Jesus Christ means those preferences may need to be set aside at times.

Paul does not tell the church how they should achieve unity. Rather he says, “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 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.” Philippians 2:1-4 (ESV)

WE NEED TO DO NOTHING FROM SELFISH AMBITION OR CONCEIT

The world continues to push the notion that you should be most concerned about you. Do not worry about others but worry about yourself. Paul is telling this church not to be selfish as it was tempting to follow the Roman culture, which proclaimed people were proud and cared about their self-image and status. This is not what the Bible calls us to, but it is countercultural to say, “Do nothing selfishly.” Instead, the Bible commands us to not cause division between you and your brother or sister in Christ.

WE NEED TO COUNT OTHERS MORE SIGNIFICANT THAN YOURSELF

Paul connects unity in the church with Christians humbling themselves and counting others more significant than themselves. This is not natural for us to do as Christians, and it takes work and reliance on the Holy Spirit if we are to count others more significant than ourselves. This is not a “Don’t care about yourself and only care about others” attitude, but an attitude that makes you more selfless instead of selfish.

WE NEED TO LOOK TO JESUS FOR UNITY IN THE CHURCH

From verses five to eleven, Paul points to Christ’s example as the one who was most selfless instead of selfish. Christ humbled himself so you and I may be saved from our sins and submit to His Lordship, which is the ultimate selfless act.

Unity in the church is possible when Christians look to Christ as the example of being a person who counts others more significant than themselves. Jesus told his disciples, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35).

Christians who love one another as Jesus has loved us and count others more significant than themselves will be people who have unity with one another.

In His Hands,

John – HE>i

This devotional thought was adapted from DEVOTABLEAPP.COM