Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 7, 2014
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27
There is a larger context to life than just living for self. A self-focused life is chronically frustrated and is unable to reach its full potential. Its demanding demeanor marginalizes wise counsel and only attracts insecure individuals. However, those who pray for what’s best for the whole become whole. Everyone is honored in an environment that values individual contributions. “We, not me” is the vocabulary of those who honor each other.
Every disciple is stronger when they are connected to other Christ followers. Isolation contributes to spiritual impotence, but community gives spiritual life. Encouragement and accountability are exalted in relationships that serve what’s best for the group. A leader who serves the team sees other team members serve well. A man who serves his family experiences a family that serves each other. “We overcomes me” with unselfish service. Thus, by God’s grace, put to death the “me monster” and replace it with love for the Lord and people. “We, not me” is the motto of mature Jesus followers.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10).
Related Readings: Romans 12:10-16; 14:13; 15:7; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Galatians 5:13
Taken from the September 5th reading in our new book, The Way of Wisdom: A Journey Towards Spiritual Growth, coming in October! Pre-order your copy today.
Boyd’s one minute video about the new book- http://bit.ly/1nhZ2bt
March 6, 2021
“Jesus expects you to be just as concerned with your neighbor’s well-being as your own.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 6, 2021 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important [...]
March 5, 2021
“We can choose to forgive the person who has hurt us and not allow the memory to control our lives. In that sense, we can forgive and forget.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 5, 2021 By Guest Writer: Sharon Jaynes As far as the east is from the west, so far [...]
March 4, 2021
“Hunger is not the problem; it is the object of our hunger that must be reexamined.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 4, 2021 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? Psalm 42:2 (NRSV) Most of the time, hunger is [...]