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Sacrificial Love and Service

An Axis Course On Advent and Your Family

Welcome to Saturday!

At the end of today’s content is our reminder and encouragement to serve others this weekend as a family.

As we’ve been talking about this week, the ultimate way to show love is to live self-sacrificially. Jesus is the ultimate example of a life lived sacrificially. As we celebrate His coming into the world, let’s also remember the life He lived.

Read Philippians 2:1-11 (below) together as a family today and spend some time talking about how you can be like-minded with Christ. What does humility look like for you? How can your family live lives of service for others?

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 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. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

So again, today we encourage you to find a way to show love to someone who needs it. We recommend not just giving money to someone on the corner, but instead finding a way to support local organizations that truly know how to help people in need. Is there a soup kitchen, retirement home, rescue mission, or food bank near you? Or even better, is there someone your family knows who could use some community? Whatever you decide to do, try to get your kids’ buy-in, and if they take initiative, let them lead the way.