Philippians 2:3-4 – “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
We live in a culture where people are “self-centred.” It is always about how “I” can excel than others. Job promotions are based on how a person excels above others, even if he is selfish. The Bible clearly says that we should not do anything out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you not only look for his own interests, but also for the interests of others (Phil. 2:3-4). Paul encountered “me centredness” in churches and therefore had to write about considering others first.
Jesus said, “Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant” (Matt. 20:26). An attitude of humility is needed to reflect Christ. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honour giving preference to one another (Rom. 12:10). Only if we have the love of God in our hearts, we will be able to consider others. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (1 Cor. 13:4-7).
Jesus was always moved with compassion for the people. He always found time to heal and deliver people who were suffering. He had the time and considered even children. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 19:14).
Your attitude should be that of Christ. “And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away” (Matt. 5:41-42). Be generous in helping others. Be a representative for Christ, as faith without works is dead (James 2:17).