Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, and it is “a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal when Christians are invited to prepare themselves for the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection.” This Lent, we are doing a 40-day study from the American Bible Society to focus our time in God’s Word and prayer on His renewing power (click HERE for the reading plan). Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
|Lord God, by your Word fill me with a spirit of obedience and humility…
Imitating Christ’s Humility
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,
Look UP Not (in) | Becky Newman
Paul is imploring us to be like-minded with Jesus in our humility. My Bible notes say that the New Testament meaning of humility is the God-given virtue of holy living that manifests in dependence on God and respect for others. It is not a natural human instinct, as our instinct to survive has us looking out for our own best interests. Thus, we must overcome human nature to practice humility — only through the blood of Jesus.
Pure humility is being walked all over with my heart stomped on and still choosing to depend on God and value others above myself. But my human nature says that’s unfair and focuses inward, looking out for myself for awhile before I take the risk of putting myself out there again and getting my ego wounded. There is so much self-help out there in the world right now, including a flood of Christian content, that it’s clouding my discernment on this verse. If I am always looking to the interests of others, putting my heart out there, I am going to be hurt. And I guess that’s where I need to make sure I’m depending on You through the hurt and the healing. In the wisdom-filled words of my new favorite Toby Mac song — “You’re not alone; we’ve all been there. Scars come with livin’…so lift your head UP to where your help comes from.”
Lord God, by Your Word, fill me with a spirit of humility and dependence on You above all. When I am hurt, may my first look be UP rather than (in).
The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.