Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Compassion Devo #4: Compassion vs. Competition

Phil. 2:5-11

"5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! 9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

“We find ourselves immersed in all kinds of competition. Our whole sense of self is dependent upon the way we compare ourselves with others and upon the differences we can identify.. . .This all pervasive competition, which reaches into the smallest corners of our relationships, prevents us from entering into full solidarity with each other and stands in the way of our being compassionate.” (Compassion, p. 19)

Ponder: How could competition wreak havoc on the effectiveness of our team?

Pray: Ask the Spirit to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank him for his forgiveness.

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