Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.-Philippians 2:4-5 (NRSV)
As Methodists in middle Tennessee celebrate our 200 years of ministry this week, it occurs to me that one of the reasons that God may have blessed our ministry is because, when we've done ministry well, it's been without selfish ambition or conceit. When we've faithfully lived out God's call on our lives, it's been when we have regarded others as better than ourselves and when we have placed the interests of others ahead of our own.
My prayer for this year's Annual Conference of middle Tennessee United Methodists is that the decisions made will be in the spirit of seeking to be of the same mind and having the same love as Jesus.
My prayer for you today is that God would grant you the grace to empty yourself in a way that would allow Christ to fill you to overflowing!
If you're interested in reading through the Bible in a year, tomorrow's suggested readings are 1 Kings 13-14; 1 Chronicles 12; Philippians 3.