Week beginning: 18th January, 2015
By Mhairi Hamilton | Ashford
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness."Philippians 2 v 3-7 ( NIV)
God often calls us to act in a way that is contrary to the way of the world. In our workplaces, we are encouraged to boast of our achievements, even to the detriment of others. How then do we respond?
Paul exhorts us not to be motivated by our self-centredness, or tempted to over-inflate our accomplishments. It is good to recognise the success, whilst also recognising the One who gave us the skills to succeed. Paul encourages us to remember others, particularly those marginalised or seen as insignificant, and to be among the first to praise, support and encourage.
As Jesus demonstrates, the way of God's kingdom is humility and servant-heartedness. Let us seek to infuse our places of work and study with encouragement, praise and thoughtfulness of others.
1) Ask God to show you those around you in need of encouragement today.
2) Give thanks for the successes and opportunities that you have to use your skills and gifting. May they bring glory to God.