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God's Sovereignty: Week 2 - Devotion 3

“Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others.” - Philippians 2:4

Every generation faces two competing temptations. On one hand, you feel the world pulling you to pursue a life measured by comfort and personal pleasure. On the other hand, God’s sovereignty says that something greater is possible – a life lived with selfless love and sacrifice. Tragically, even Christian teenagers mess this up and would rather be thought of as “great” and “significant” instead of being known for serving like Jesus.  

Read Philippians 2:3-8. The people who did the greatest things for God were the ones who weren’t necessarily trying to do anything other than simply be obedient. This what Jesus did, resisting the fanfare He could have easily claimed and instead letting greater values invade this world through Him. 

Are you up for following in His footsteps?

Think about this: 

  • How do you feel when someone serves you without asking for anything in return?

  • Should a “servant” receive applause? Why?

  • What do you think a whole community of unselfish people would look like?

Emily Traylor