Day Five – Put others first

Today’s Scripture: 1 Kings 17:13, Philippians 2:3-7, 2 Corinthians 8:9

“First make a small cake of bread for me from what you have.” Elijah challenged the widow to empty everything in her cabinet and prepare food for someone she had just met. This stranger insisted on being served before she and her son could eat. I don’t know about you, but my natural instinct would be to store so I could survive.

Sometimes the Lord’s directives are a little difficult to follow. For example, we are to “in humility consider others better than yourselves.” And “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” These verses just don’t fit in our “me first” society, do they?

We can become so full of ourselves that we forget about others. Jesus, however, set an example for us when He emptied Himself and willingly became poor so we could become rich. No wonder He calls us to empty ourselves. How else could He fill us? When we put Him first, He always reciprocates with something better.

  • If you were in the widow’s sandals, how easy/difficult would it have been for you to obey the man of God?
  • What do you need to do to become fully empty so the Lord can fully fill you?