“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. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” Philippians 2:3-5 New Living Translation
A selfish attitude can destroy a church. God, thru the Apostle Paul, stressed to the brethren at Philippi that a humble spirit would give birth to spiritual unity. It is this unity that will promote church growth. This thing called Christianity isn’t about you or me; it is about Christ and what he did to pay for our sins. We are told to have the same humility Christ exhibited when he stood before the Sanhedrin, when we stood before Pilate, when he took the 39 lashes and when he was nailed to the cross. He allowed this to take place for our benefit.
The attitude of self-righteousness or some ignorant form of grand entitlement must be gotten rid of. We are nothing without Christ. Absolutely nothing! We are nothing yet we have everything. A humble spirit doesn’t seek to impress others with anything they have said or done. A humble spirit seeks to lift others up.
The diversity of this world spills over into the church as various ethnicities and personalities come to Christ. This is a factor that makes unity that much more difficult. What is difficult for man is not at all difficult for God. Unity among disagreeing brethren is not impossible, but surrender must take place. It’s our will that must be given up and over to the Lord. Let go of selfish pride and seek to represent Christ with a pure and holy heart. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.