WEEK 5, DAY 2

Silence and stillness before God (2 Min)

Read Philippians 2:19-30

Gospel Friendship,  Step 2

Timothy was a “proved” man. This word comes from the idea of someone that has been in the middle of a great conflict and has proved their worth. He was a warrior who didn’t shrink back, but stood his ground and fought the good fight. What was that fight? What was this battle? Paul tells us in verse 21:

For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.

Wow, what a familiar battleground! What I want vs what Christ wants. How do we actually put others’ interests ahead of our own? It seems impossible, but this is exactly what Jesus did for us. Before his crucifixion, Christ prayed in the garden, “Not my will but your will be done.” He put our needs before his own, and found his greatest joy in our joy. When we follow Christ to this place, it sets us free from the false belief, “If I can just get what I want I’ll be happy”. The Gospel rescues me from my selfish ambition and teaches me to love others in the way that Christ loves me.

Paul puts it this way in Galatians 6:2:

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Who are the friends God has placed in your life?

What would it look like to take a genuine interest in their lives?

What would it look like to let them take a sincere interest in your life?

Prayer

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