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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Kingdom Interest"

Date published: 11/20/2017
Philippians 2:21 “For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.” (NIV)

   God did not die on the cross for you to fight for your own interests, but rather for those of Jesus. This verse is a great indicator of whether you live for Christ or yourself. Philippians 2:20 further describes Jesus’ interests: “I (Paul) have no one else like him (Timothy), who takes a genuine interest in your welfare.”(NIV) Timothy modeled Jesus by truly loving and caring for people. “I love you” can be a trite statement or a conduit for God’s power and work to be released in and through you. How much you love Jesus’ interests is usually reflected in your love for people in all walks of life and in all circumstances. You should care enough to passionately, with purpose, share the gospel of salvation. Philippians 1:27 amplifies a life that uplifts the Gospel of Christ: “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” (NIV)

    In Ephesians 4:29, Paul further expands looking out for Jesus’ interests by building up others: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (NIV) Truly loving people goes beyond not offending or provoking them; it involves actually building them up. As God’s love for you is all expansive and unconditional, so your love for others should be the same. Godly love discerns what is causing harm to others. This gives you the opportunity for being a part of their healing as well as growing you in your walk with God. Loving with greater amounts of sincerity and persistence will take you to deeper levels of faith and experience with Christ. 

   Jesus loves people. He is relentlessly patient for all to be saved. Imitate God’s heart for people by looking after those He loves. Pray for a greater capacity to love while cultivating compassionate love for all people. Do not allow your interests to push God off the throne of your life. Rather, release God’s life in you by loving relentlessly.

      1 John 4:11-12 “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one        another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in         us and His love is made complete in us.” (NIV)

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