Philippians 2:3-4 New Living Translation
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”
In Philippians, Paul instructs us to do nothing selfishly or out of vanity. We are to be humble in all things. Just as we are told to treat others as we would like to be treated*, here we are told to value others above ourselves.
Striving to be selfless can be extremely difficult, especially when our natural tendency is to do just the opposite. It’s only natural to want to take advantage of every opportunity that comes our way as a means of bettering our position in life; however, this is not how God would like us to be. We need to cultivate a habit of thinking of others before we think of ourselves. Life isn’t only about you. It’s about others. If you are married, try starting with your spouse.
Humility is a characteristic that we must take the time to hone in our Christian walk. The nature of humility is essentially to know one’s own importance in the grand scheme of things and not think too highly of yourself. In reality we are no better and no worse than anyone else. We are, however, unique; we were created that way. Like snowflakes, there are no two individuals exactly alike. Even twins have something different about them, though it may not be apparent to those outside the immediate family. So when you are seeking God, ask Him to enable you to develop the behavioral characteristics that exist in Christ. That’s what will make us stand out from nonbelievers. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible; Tyndale House Publishing.
*Luke 6:31, Matthew 7:12.