Others Before Me
By: Jared Cooper
High School Teacher
“Do nothing from selfishness of empty conceit, but with humility of mind, regard one another as more important than yourselves. Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4 (NASB)
We live in a world where selfishness is the norm. We are presented with the message to do what we want to do, be who we want to be, and get what we want to get. It doesn’t matter who we hurt along the way as long as we are happy. Paul‘s desire for the Philippian church was unity. He wanted each person to place all others before themselves. A church full of selfish people will never accomplish anything for God. God can use people that are characterized by humility. It has been said that God can use broken, but He can’t use dirty.” Repentance with humility is key. You may be thinking that this is easier said than done. Paul describes for us the perfect example in the following verses.
“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2: 5-11 (NASB)
We are to have the same attitude that Christ had when He came to earth to die. It is not so much the action that we focus on as it is the attitude that leads to the action. Christ, the Lord of all, humbled Himself in the fact that He came to earth. He could easily have come as a king, but He came as a baby in a manger. With the mindset of Christ, we can be used to serve others and bring others to Him.
Put Into action: While reading this, did you think, “I am supposed to humbly serve others, but what about me?” Examine your attitude toward people. Ask for the Lord to remove any selfishness in your life in order for Him to use you in His service.
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