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Humility & Obedience in our Neighborhoods

Philippians 2:3-4, John 13:34-35

Humility and obedience are two things that do not come naturally to most people. To be humble is to have a modest or low view of oneself, while obedience is submittimg to another person. If we are honest, these things are challenging because we want to make our own decisions, and we all have our own lives to live and schedules to tend to. As we speed off to work, to the grocery store, and rush from kid’s practices back home to quickly inhale dinner, how often do we stop and think about the people God placed in our path that day? It is so easy to allow the busyness of life to rob us of the opportunity to share Jesus with those in our workplace, in our communities, and even with our next-door neighbors.

Something that we can be praying about and really asking the Lord to reveal to us this week is what living a humble and obedient life looks like in our neighborhoods.

Philippians 2:3-4 shares what it means to be humble and obedient as a Christ follower. It states that we are to “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” 

OK, but what does all this mean? How does this translate to practical ways we can do this in our neighborhoods? A small but effective way to live like Jesus in our neighborhoods is simply just to slow down and be present. Coming home, closing the garage, and moving on with our day is almost a habit. What would happen if we were more present in our neighborhoods? Engaging our neighbors in conversation, inviting them to church, offering prayer, and genuinely seeking ways to serve them? When we humble ourselves and take the time to step out into our neighborhoods obediently, we are doing as God commands us in John 13:34-35. 

 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Don’t forget to share your stories with us! We’re eager to hear how God is moving in your life during this sacred season of prayer.

Monday, 3/25, Prayer Prompt:

As you begin this week in prayer, be praying that the Lord would soften your heart toward your neighbors and that he would give you boldness and fresh ideas to engage those in your neighborhood this week.

Tuesday, 3/26, Prayer Prompt:

Today, take some time to pray for the houses around you. Take a walk and pray over the houses and the people in them.

Wednesday, 3/27, Prayer Prompt:

Our neighborhoods are not bound to the houses that surround us. Take some time today to pray for your coworkers, your teachers, friends, teammates, etc. Pray that God may give you an opportunity to share his goodness with them.

Thursday, 3/28, Prayer Prompt:

Christ came to serve those around Him. Pray that Christ would open your heart to look for ways to serve your neighbors this week. Mowing someone’s lawn, putting away trash cans, asking to pray with them, baking a treat, or simply introducing yourself are practical ways we can serve.

Friday, 3/29, Prayer Prompt:

Easter is a couple of days away. According to Thom Rainer, 8 out of 10 people will say yes to an invitation to church on Easter. Today, pray that you would have the boldness to invite your neighbors to church this Sunday.

Saturday, 3/30, Prayer Prompt:

As we wrap up this week, be praying that Christ’s love would be evident in your life and that those in your neighborhoods would know that you are Christians by how you love each and every one of them. Pray that he would give you many opportunities to pray for your neighbors and that you would have the boldness to do so.

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