Today’s Readings for the Daily Office
Psalm 25 (Morning)
Psalm 9, 15 (Evening)
Prov. 27:1-6, 10-12
John 18:15-18, 25-27
Valuing Others Above Ourselves
Today’s readings offer us challenging words about our priorities, as well as a cautionary tale to illustrate the point. Out Philippians reading is focused around “3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Following in Christ’s selfless example proves very difficult in our everyday lives. I often find myself challenged as to who’s interests I am pursuing, and how focused I can be on self-preservation. The examples of Christ and Paul are both that of trusting God to care for us while sacrificing everything. The knowledge of this doesn’t make it any easier to apply in today’s world, and for me requires awareness, daily practice, and little steps. I strive to live into knowing that God’s love for me is not constrained by my willingness to trust.
This leads us to Peter, who, despite loving Jesus deeply and passionately, chooses self-preservation over honesty and self-sacrifice. On one hand, this is a betrayal that Jesus predicted and Peter deeply regrets. On the other hand, this was clearly part of God’s plan and essential to the greater story. This can be encouraging in that we can trust that even in our failures, we also play a vital role in God’s greater plan.
Today may we find new ways to look to the interests of others.
Written by Dan Robinson
Dan Robinson is the Director of Media Ministries at St Paul’s, and serves as a Homilist for the Wednesday evening congregation.