“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.” (Phil. 2:3-4)
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 interests, but also for the interests of others”. (Phil. 2:3-4 KJV)
As we go about our day do we think of others as more significant than ourselves? Do we truly look to their interests above our own with a joyful heart?
We live in a very selfish society where most people care only about their own personal interests. They’re concerned about their jobs, their families, their businesses, their free time, their personal space, and rightfully so. These things are important.
Christ teaches us to think about the interest of others before thinking about our own. He is looking for people who will begin to esteem others more than themselves. Every true Christian must respect and value others above themselves! Can you imagine what would take place if Christians came forward focusing on the interest of others above their interests and what transformation would take place in our society and culture?
Greed, pride and selfishness are hindering has impacted our society. Even in ministry, it is very difficult to find people who are willing to put their own vision aside and focus on the greater vision of building and restoring humanity.
If Jesus was thinking about His own interests above the Father’s then he would have never gone to the cross (Matt. 26:39, Luke 22:42). Looking out for others whether it’s your family, friends, fellow believers, employees, co-workers is a part of the Christian life.
May the grace, joy, and peace of God be yours through Jesus Christ our loving Lord. To Him be glory, now and forever.
Note: All Scriptures are taken from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.