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“When I arrive, whomever you may approve, I will send them with letters to carry your gift to Jerusalem; and if it is fitting for me to go also, they will go with me” (1 Corinthians 16:3-4).

We do not just work for ourselves, but on behalf of all whom the Lord would have us work for. We are a part of what the Lord is doing and need to be reminded that all who are in the Lord are those with whom we are connected. Live then, knowing that your neighbor is all whom you will encounter this day. Love them as you love yourself. Live in the Lord’s presence always.

Lord, this age sees an increase of the self and the uplifting of self-interest. Help me to move away from this sin of pride and into the reality that You alone are the way, truth, and life. Guide me according to Your goodness to walk in the light of the revelation You have given that I may always look to You first, my neighbor second, and myself last. Guide me, O Lord, in the way of truth.

Lord Jesus, You have come to lead the way for all who trust in You. You have taught us to love our neighbor as our selves. Lead me, O Lord, in the way You would have me go that I may now and always walk in that way which is pleasing to the Father. Grant me a sensitive heart that sees the needs of those around me and responds in the way which You direct. In all things, may I look to You first. Amen.