Do you start each day determined to look for the needs of others more than yourself?

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Grasping for Greatness

Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:5-11

Key Verse: Philippians 2:6

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped

The title for today’s devotional, “Grasping for Greatness,” is something that comes natural for humans.  Our flesh wants to be rich and famous.  We like it when someone or some event highlights us in a flattering way.  The Bible does not need to encourage us to grasp for greatness, we do that on our own!  But defining greatness is what all of us need help with in this world.

            Jesus is our model and the Apostle Paul paints the picture of what greatness is that we should grasp for.  Jesus could have promoted Himself by exposing His equity with God.  He could have used that equity to achieve for Himself status and fortune, but Jesus didn’t!  He made Himself nothing—taking on the very nature of a servant.  What was the nature of a servant?  A servant did not sit at the head of tables.  Servants didn’t work all day and then demand to have the evening off.  A servant was to constantly think of others and their needs—not his own.  Jesus took on this nature of servant hood.

            You may describe yourself as a believer.  Would others describe you as a Christ follower?  Would others see comparisons between Christ and you?  Have you taken on the nature of a servant?  Do you look for moments to promote yourself?  Do you start each day determined to look for the needs of others more than yourself?  Let His attitude be your attitude!

Father, I will need the help of your Holy Spirit to remember to serve others more than myself!  I want to be a true follower of you.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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