Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:1-5
“Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:2-4)
Living a life of humility is utterly impossible to live in our own strength. We are selfish by nature and by practice. But verse one of this chapter reminds us that we are in Christ. What we cannot do, He can do. We have to rely upon His presence and power in our lives to be obedient to God’s will.
Notice what we are being instructed to do. First, we are to be concerned for unity — in our marriages, our families and our churches. We are to be of the same mind, same love and same purpose. Christ alone enables us to go beyond our differences and divisions in order to become one.
Second, we are to have the right motives. We are not to act out of selfish motives and empty conceit. These are our natural tendencies — to be selfish and proud. Rather, we are to regard others more highly than we regard ourselves. Imagine how different our families, our churches and our nations would be if we thought more highly of others than we think of ourselves!
Third, we are to look after the interests of other people, not just our own. We are driven by self-interest. The gospel calls us to be others interested. We cannot say, “I have enough problems of my own; I can’t get involved in someone else’s problems.” We are to bear one another’s burdens and we are to experience empathy and sympathy for others.
Look at Jesus. He desires us to have His mind. He gave up everything for us. His presence and power in us give us the ability to live for others rather than simply living for ourselves — “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.”
Lord Jesus, I confess that I am self-centered, self-interested, and selfish by nature. By Your grace enable me to live a life of humility. Let me put aside my own interests and look to the interests of others. Enable to regard others more highly than I regard myself. Lord Jesus, give me Your mind and heart for others.
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