Thursday, June 10, 2010

Shine Like Stars

Below is the daily Bible reading I am doing for the West Side Church. Please feel free to follow along.

In today’s reading (Philippians 2) Paul shares the heart and attitude we should all have. Paul writes … “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Now this is something that most of us have been taught our entire lives. Today however, we live in the middle of the “me generation,” in a world that seeks to satisfy our desires and not worry about other people. Now I do not understand people like that, basically because I am a people pleaser, but I see it around me all the time.

But why do you think Paul encouraged us to look out for the interest of others? Could it be because we are supposed to be concerned over the salvation of others? I think it very well might be. Paul also wrote in this passage …

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life”

Did you hear that? Do everything without complaining or arguing, to become blameless and pure, in a depraved generation so that we may shine like stars as we hold out the word of life. The word of life is the gospel of Christ, the message of the cross that brings eternal life in the prescience of God himself. So how do you do at looking out for others? Are you concerned about the salvation of those around? According to what Scripture teaches we should be.
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