“Do nothing from selfishness or 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)
The church in Philippi was a favorite of the Apostle Paul. He wrote his letter to them while in prison and chained to a Roman jailer and his filled this letter with encouragement to rejoice in all our circumstance. Paul expresses his love for these brothers and sisters in Christ. But Paul also is very direct with his instruction as it concerns how we are to live if we are truly Christians and saved by God’s grace through faith also from God. Today’s we have a direct command from an Apostle of Jesus Christ. Operate in humility of mind. That means attitude and conviction. Our attitude is to put greater importance on the needs of others than on our own. WOW! Does that fit into today’s popular psychology? “Love yourself first.” Christian, there’re no excuses at all. There’s no bypass of this command. It doesn’t say we are to have no interests of our own but our interests are not our priority concern. The promises God gives us is throughout this letter and we will look at it carefully. Today, let’s establish in our minds and attitude that others have concerns more important than ours. That’s the path to humility.