July 7, 2021

4 Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Philippians 2:4

Written by Brad Smith from the Brentwood Campus

I grew up in the church. I am sure many of you have heard the phrase, “We were at church every time the doors were open.” For our family, you could take that one step further. We would open the church doors.

One of my fondest memories of growing up in the church was Youth Music Camp at Camp Carson. There was always a moment when the director would begin a talk by saying, “BUSFOF!” We had no idea what he was talking about. What language was he talking? He then said, “Back Up Straight Feet On Floor.” BUSFOF. What he was trying to tell us was to get our bodies in a posture to listen, learn and practice.

It is no coincidence that Paul started this verse by saying, “Not only take care of yourself.” If we are going to take care of others, we have to take care of ourselves. We have to spend time in prayer, in devotion, in reading scripture and in quiet listening to our Creator. We are listening to discover how He has blessed us. We are listening to know how we can grow in Christ. We are listening for ways we can strengthen our walk with Christ. All of that comes from spending time with Him. We are also to surround ourselves with fellow believers who encourage us in our walk with the Lord.

Many times in life we serve others, help others and disciple others, but we are not plugged into the One who is the giver of life and the giver of salvation. We should be discipling, encouraging and loving others through the overflow of our hearts. How are you posturing yourself to be able to serve and disciple others? We all need to make sure we are in a posture that allows us to listen, learn and go.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. What spiritual posture are you in right now?
  2. Who are you surrounding yourself with to help you grow?
  3. Who are you encouraging and discipling in your circle of influence?

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