Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4
While this command is for the church, it doesn’t surprise me that there are sincere, wonderful non-Christians who exemplify Phil. 2:3-4. The point of this passage goes beyond the call for the church or world to be humble and selfless towards our family, neighbors and mankind. I don’t think the goal of humility and living selflessly for others…is just for developing “good relationships, unity, etc.”
I see the larger context of living selflessly, in humility – rooted in knowing Jesus, (ch. 1)
- Valuing other’s in humility is to live in confidence, being called for God’s purposes working out our salvation, v.6!
- Humility is included in living for and acknowledging Jesus to the glory of God, v.10-11!
- A selfless ambition is rooted in v.21 – living for Christ, considering death a win…to ultimately conduct a life worthy of the Gospel, v.27!
I think this kind of HUMILITY IS ROOTED IN THE LIFE OF JESUS!
- No doubt…what people need to know, feel and hear…is that they are valued!
VALUE AND VALUABLE-NESS
What people DO is can be valuable. Who they are as God’s created being is VALUED, no matter what they do or can’t do! Too often, people are judged, accepted, rejected, like, promoted, demoted…based on their VALUABLE-NESS. What they do, how well they perform, serve, act, lead…can prove their worth or valuable-ness.
- Self worth is necessary. God worth is foundational, I believe to a true, Christ centered development of self worth.
- Self worth can be convoluted by applause, encouragement, recognition
LORD…HELP ME TO VALUE OTHERS TOWARD CHRISTLIKENESS!