#177 – EVERYONE LOOKS TO THEIR OWN INTERESTS (25/8/20)
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‘For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel. I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon.’ (Philippians 2:21-24
By nature, we are all selfish. Even after becoming a Christian, self-interest is a weed that needs to be constantly pulled up, as we read earlier in this chapter,
‘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.’ (Philippians 2:3-4)
As we mature, like Timothy, we increasingly look to the interests of Jesus Christ; our hearts - thinking emotions and will - being increasingly set on learning from and doing the will of Jesus.
Do we realise that looking to the legitimate interests of others is looking to the interests of Jesus Christ? As we, prayerfully, act to help someone in some way, we are actually serving Jesus at the same time. Jesus is so bound up with His Church, that to love them is to love Him and to neglect them is to neglect Him.
Whose interests and concerns does God want you to consider at the moment? We all have seasons of discouragement and Jesus has a concern to strengthen such people; To whom does the Holy Spirit want to work through you?
COMMUNITY GROUP STUDY
Some groups are not meeting in August. However, if you do meet, please use one of the daily studies and the questions below as the basis of your study together.
1. What is the Holy Spirit speaking to you about (maybe from Sunday's message or your bible reading this week)?
2. What will you do in response?
3. How can we pray for you?
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