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Philippians 2:3-4

   A few days ago, my wife was not feeling very well.  Staying in bed and resting was what she really needed, but being a mother with six children there's always lots of work to be done.  After being up for a while and feeling terrible, our 12 yr old son said to her, "Go to bed and let me be Mommy for the day."  She decided to take him up on his offer and go get some rest for a couple of hours.  When my wife got up she went to the kitchen and found our son busy washing the dishes.  The house had been cleaned, swept, and vacuumed.  He also watched and fed his younger brothers and sister.
             That evening I came home from work and was told all about my son's actions.  As his Father, I was so pleased with him.  Laying in bed that night, I thought about my son and the unselfish love he displayed.  A few months ago he was baptized and became a Christian.  Since then, he has been growing in God's word and becoming more like Christ every day.  I am so proud of him.  Phil 2:3-4 says,  "Let nothing be done though selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others."  This is exactly what my son was doing when he helped his mother.  Matt 25:34-40 says, "Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?  When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'  And the king will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of the My brethern, you did it to Me.' "
             These verses tell us that when we do good to others, we are also doing good to the Lord.  As Christians we are required to love each other and look out for the interests of others.  I have found that when I help someone and put their needs above my own, it also benefits me- GREATLY!

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