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It’s amazing how something so small can have such a huge impact. Take the three-letter word “but,” for example. The consequences, especially when used scripturally, are unparalleled. For instance, the phrase “But God…” changes everything, doesn’t it? I absolutely love to see those two words plastered across the pages of my Bible. For in those instances, “but” changes everything. (In actuality, God changes everything, but you know what I mean.)
Yet as I was reading this morning, I found another three-letter word in scripture that just might rival the impact of “but” on my life and yours. I could go on and on just to keep you guessing, but that wouldn’t be very much fun, now would it? So for that reason alone, I’ll go ahead and share my teeny-tiny but monumental find with you: the word “let.”
You see, “let” is an empowering word, and when used in scripture, “letting” something happen or not happen has a huge impact on every facet of the believer’s walk.
The Apostle Paul uses this three-letter word frequently, challenging believers to “let” or “choose to allow” a specific behavior: “Let nothing be done through 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 interest, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus….” And that’s just in verses 3-5 of Chapter 2 of his letter to the Philippians.
Do you get where I am going with this? Because of Christ, you and I don’t have to live our lives selfishly, always looking out for No. 1. Instead, we can let another person’s needs be ahead of our own. We can let someone go before us in the line at Chick-fil-A, even though we were there first. We can actually choose not to grab every roll of toilet paper we can find on the shelf, letting someone else get their needed items too. We can choose in every instance to look out for our neighbors, especially right now, even the ones we don’t know and have never met.
What a great opportunity we have to let God do great things through us. Only then we do find the ultimate beauty of letting this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus, “who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man. He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted him and given him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow of those in heaven and those on earth and of those under the earth. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father,” (Philippians 2:6-11).
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you are not a tyrant king, but a loving father who has given me not only the privilege of serving you but the power to do so,as well. I love you, Lord.”
Steven and Belinda Kirk write the “Everyday Grace” devotional for the Johnstonian News. Reach them at 919-449-5745 and firstname.lastname@example.org.