February 16, 2023

Taylor Christensen
“But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.”
Romans 2:5-8
“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 2:3-4

The consequences couldn’t be more drastic between those living a self-seeking lifestyle and those focused on caring for others. It’s something refreshing when I’m around someone who humbly considers me and my needs above theirs. Something different. Something contagious, even.

I know how easily my flesh can creep in, however, when I begin to replace myself with God and His role of provider. I start to feel insecure and selfish. Even in seemingly small ways, I can so quickly adopt a “scarcity mentality”…thinking about all that I don’t have or might lose compared to contentment and gratitude for the Lord’s bountiful provision. It might seem cheesy but even just waking up and listing off things I’m thankful for has gone a long way in my morning time with God. It immediately puts me in a place of acknowledgment that it’s God who provides for my every need, and it’s purely out of His selflessness that I’m even here to begin with.

Lord, please grow my appreciation for all that You’ve given me, and help me as I seek to put others before my selfish desires, just as You modeled in Your love for me.