Philippians 2:2 (ESV) So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
DEVOTIONAL FOR ADULTS
The world is filled with other people—many who are like you and many more who are not like you. You are fasting and praying today about your stance in regard to other people—especially people who are not like you.
One of the most profound biblical truths about how you are to view yourself in regard to others is summed up by the word “humility.” Another closely related word is “service.” We are to humbly serve others!
Jesus led the way in demonstrating to us what it looks like to humbly serve other people. Not only did He serve by washing the feet of his disciples, but He served to the point of giving His life. The question to ask is whether Jesus was just acting like a humble servant or was he really serving from his heart. The answer from the Scriptures is clear, Jesus’ service was 100% authentic.
And so that is your example. That is the way you are to think (Philippians 2:5). You are even to see the “other” person as more significant than you see yourself (Philippians 2:3). Now Christians can become skilled at acting the part, but the kind of healing that the United States requires will not come as the result of well-rehearsed lines. America needs real humility and authentic servanthood that reaches across the aisle and across the city to the people on the other side.
Through fasting and prayer, you are asking God to make this happen inside of you—to make it genuine and lasting. Your prayer is, “If no one else serves, let me be the first to serve!” Your prayer is also to ask God if He would open new doors to new neighbors who would be of different races. Yours is to believe that God will, and then to walk through those doors. Reach out to talk to new people, befriend them, break bread with them, and serve them.
Whether this posture with other people is just starting or continuing in your life, use your time of fasting and prayer to let God supercharge your steps.
DEVOTIONAL FOR YOUTH
As a Christian, this verse contains one of the most important principles and one of the most overlooked principles. Verses 3 and 4 pretty much tell believers to value other people and put them first. As a youth, this is one of the most powerful things that you can do to impact and change the world around you. Your generation is a generation that will bring change! However, this isn’t something that comes easily or naturally to humans. Thankfully, God gives us a new nature and a new life! Prayer and fasting is a great way to shift your focus from self to others. This may be a step by step process. There might be areas where it is easy to put others first. Maybe it is your time, your money, your possessions that you are able to share and give to others first. However, each of us probably have areas where we withhold and put ourselves over others. During this week of fasting and prayer, ask the Lord what areas you need help putting the others first in.
DEVOTIONAL FOR CHILDREN
Hey Kids! Philippians 2:3-5 says: “Don’t be selfish…Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself… be interested in others and in what they are doing. Have the mind of Christ” Planet earth has a lot of people on it and many are similar to you, yet many are very different. God is calling you, no matter how young you are, to serve others. That’s right! Serve those who are like you and maybe those who are very different. He wants you to think of others first and make them more important than you. That is what having “humility” means. You see, this is exactly what Jesus did every day! One day He even washed the feet of his friends. Can you imagine the Son of God washing people’s dirty, smelly, dusty feet? Ew…This was his way of serving and loving people around him! You don’t have to wash people’s toes, but think of fun ways to serve your friends, family or neighbors today! P.S. Let someone have the last cookie!