Today we continue our devotion from the book “Time with God for Fathers by Jack Countryman.” Our focus is going to be on keeping joy throughout our walk and living for God’s ambition during that walk.

The Long Walk Home

1 Peter 1:8-9

“Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith – the salvation of your soul.”

The Christian life is intended to be both taken seriously and full of joy. It takes a spirit-filled, conscious effort to contemplate our faith in a way that brings a noticeable positive impact in our lives.

But how could we not be joyful knowing the creator of everything, knows, cares for and loves every single one of us?

As you go through this life, walk in step with the one who loves you dearly, and do your best to let that love show.

Looking out for Number Two

Philippians 2:3-4

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interest, but also for the interest of others.”

 The whole idea behind this verse is living for something other than ourselves. Specifically, God and his ambitions. Especially in today’s culture, that is so hard to do. We want to live FOR US, our desire and ambition are often the driving for behind how we live.

God wants to live through us. So our thoughts and actions should be centered around that concept. That might mean reaching out to someone who makes us uncomfortable or giving up something we know isn’t good for us. First and for most, we are to help forward the kingdom.

It’s important to note though, that this verse also does encourage self-care and ambition when it says “Let each of you look out not only for your own self-interest…”

NOT ONLY is the key phrase there. God doesn’t want us to neglect ourselves. Often, you’ll find that what God wants for your life is also beneficial to you. Therefore, by focusing on God’s interest, you indirectly satisfy your own.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd