Tuesday: Read Daniel 4:27 (NIV) and Daniel 4:34 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 489-490). A wise proverb says that pride goes before the fall. Nebuchadnezzar filled with empty conceit goes crazy, then is humbled, then lifts up the true God. Where might God be sounding a warning alarm concerning pride in your life? Like Daniel, where might God be leading you into a tough conversation and wanting you to lead with a humble heart? Pray (and continue to pray) for that person and your conversation together.
Wednesday: Read John 13:3-5 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 483). Jesus knew who He was, where He was from, where He was going, and what power and authority He had. How do you know this fully about yourself? Why does knowing these things about yourself make it possible for you to serve others without pride or resentment?
Thursday: Read Philippians 2:5-6 (NIV, BELIEVE p. 485). The phrase "did not consider equality with God something to be used for his own advantage" teaches that, although Jesus possessed the "very nature" of God, he did not demand his rights as God. Jesus could have appeared as the ruler of the universe. Instead, Jesus gave up all rights and came as a servant. Where is God calling you to add value to others by sacrificing an advantage you have to serve them with the love of Christ?
You can GO DEEPER this week by:
- Memorize This Week’s Memory Verse: Philippians 2:2-3 (NIV, BELIEVE, p. 481) "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.”
- Memorize This Week’s Key Idea: I choose to esteem others above myself.
- Book Recommendation: Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love and Leadership by John Dickson