Read: Phil. 2:1-5
The letter to Philippians was written by Paul during the time of his house arrest. He was waiting for a verdict that would either set him free or result in his execution. In this circumstance, he wrote about “consolation,” “comfort,” and “fellowship” (Phil. 2:1). Paul reminds that these things come from our commitment to Christ. We have consolation in Christ, comfort of love, and fellowship of the Spirit. Our love for each other comes from following the example of Christ (Phil. 2:2-5), and he explains in Phil. 2:6-11.
When Moses assembled the children of Israel to begin the work on the tabernacle (Ex. 35-39), he called Bezalel, a gifted artisan, to make the furnishings. Certain women were asked to give their precious bronze mirrors to make the bronze basin he was constructing (Ex. 38:8). They gave them up to help prepare a place where God’s presence would reside. For most of us, that would be hard to do. Too much self-examination can be distracting. It can make us think too much about ourselves and not enough about others.
When we can forget about our own faces and remember that God loves us as we are with all our imperfections, we can begin to “look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Phil. 2:4). Augustine said that we get lost in loving ourselves but found in loving others. The secret of happiness is not getting our face right but giving our hearts away, giving our lives away, giving our selves away, in love. A heart that is focused on others will not be consumed with self.