3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
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.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9
Think about your unique passions and gifts. As you walk with Jesus and live out the works He created for you to do: teacher, mama, doctor, missionary, artist, etc., these roles should always ultimately point back to Him. He called us out of darkness into marvelous light to declare His praise through the very tangible expression of the work we put our hands to everyday! With our whole lives, we get to give honor and glory to Him.
Living and working for His glory and the good of others requires a posture of humility. This goes against the way the world often encourages us to live: to climb the ladder, make lots of money, have all the nice things, build your personal kingdom. But our kingdom and citizenship is not of this world. We’re called out of that life to an existence where it’s about leveraging our lives for God’s Kingdom and the building up of the Church.
This fully embodies the heart of Jesus – that we would live our lives and pursue our calling for the good of others and the glory of God. Not selfishly or for our own advancement, but with an intentionality to live and serve generously so that others would know Jesus and come alive in Him.
After reading the Scripture from today, choose one verse and commit it to memory. Be on the lookout for how you might leverage your life – your calling – to shine the light and love of Jesus into someone’s world today!