Preparation for Prayer:
Lord, grant me the wisdom to understand your generosity through the scripture provided. Open up my soul to come to know where you are at work within me and our church so that our heart begins to mirror yours. Thank you for leading, convicting, inspiring and transforming me as I yearn to follow your ways in all I do. Amen.
Scripture Reading: (Philippians 2:1-11)
1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus demonstrated the ultimate in accepting a position lower than he deserved. When a great leader wants to get others ready for battle, he tells stories of the past, the sacrifices made for them and the glory available in living out a cause. Paul turns to Jesus here to describe the leader. Jesus went from the highest to the lowest. Humility is demonstrated but so hard to emulate. Yet, this is the model we are called to. That which is given away is a small amount compared to that which is gained.
How has Jesus modeled generosity to each us? How might we better model these in our surroundings? What kind of impact could we make as a church in the community if we walked a closer walk with thee?
After reflecting, bring your petitions to the Lord for the ministries of the church – children, student, adult, mission, worship, outreach, congregational care, the leadership, etc. Please ask our God to shower His favor and generous blessings on us so that our relationships demonstrate the Good News to the our neighborhoods and community.