So then, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation, but it isn’t an obligation to ourselves to live our lives on the basis of selfishness. If you live on the basis of selfishness, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the actions of the body, you will live. All who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons and daughters. You didn’t receive a spirit of slavery to lead you back again into fear, but you received a Spirit that shows you are adopted as his children. With this Spirit, we cry, “Abba, Father.” The same Spirit agrees with our spirit, that we are God’s children. But if we are children, we are also heirs. We are God’s heirs and fellow heirs with Christ, if we really suffer with him so that we can also be glorified with him.
Food For Thought:
Each night of youth mission trips feature a time of worship. This year, we started each worship time by sharing the moments throughout the day that we saw the J.O.Y. rule put into practice. The J.O.Y. rule says we should put JESUS before OTHERS and OTHERS before YOURSELF. It is a reminder that my needs are not the most important at every moment. We cannot live selfishly in Christian community. When we live our lives turned outward ― serving Jesus and others ― we find that we are truly filled with the Spirit and notice the beautiful ways God is at work in our world. There is abundant JOY in shedding our selfishness in service to Jesus and our neighbors.
Abba, Father, make me an agent of JOY today. When I have opportunities to be selfish and greedy, turn me outward. Turn my selfishness into sacrifice. Turn my greed into gratitude. Turn my face toward you and teach my heart to beat for others. I pray these things in the name of your son Jesus Christ, Amen.