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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Scripture Reading: Philippians 1:9–11
And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God. (NRSV)

As I moved into my thirties I grew to love the question “Does this really matter?” In my twenties I didn’t know it was an important question, and I rarely asked it. I took the “ignorance is bliss” approach, which works at times, but eventually the waters rise and the bliss loses its buoyancy and I am left with “Wow, this isn’t working. How did I get here?”

Paul, writing to the Philippians, is praying that they would ask “Does this matter?” and even more so, to ask it with the desire to live lives of clean hands and sincerity.

Asking “Does this matter?” slows me down. It makes me admit that I am not the center of the universe. Rather, I am a Christian, called to be a servant to my neighbors. What’s funny is that when I ask this question, I almost always end up on my knees in prayer confessing that I am being selfish or greedy and asking God to remind me that I live in God’s world. I am the servant and God is the master. Instead of my kingdom advancing and my will being done, what I need is a heart filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes from God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness—that’s what matters!

Father, I confess that I do not stop enough and ask “Does this matter?” Instead, I remain self-consumed and greedy for things that don’t matter. Please, help me to see that what matters today is you. May your kingdom come, not mine, and may your will be done, and not mine.

Written by Daniel Holladay, Senior High Youth Coordinator

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