“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
When a person hears the phrase, “look (watch) out for other”, it is usually presumed to mean watch out or they will get you. People often expect others to step on them, cut them down, or take advantage of them. The sad part about that, is that is a fairly true statement. The world lives to take advantage of others.
The philosophy of the world is to do what it takes to get to the top. You the individual are number one and everyone else needs to bow down to you. The problem then becomes, when everyone is number one, everyone is fighting each other for that position. The things most people do are for their own interests.
This occurs in the church a lot also. People give a good amount in the offering, or assist in some ministry, or give someone a helping hand. On the surface it looks good, but the purpose behind all of these “helps” was to look good to others or to God. Not everyone is guilty of this.
Paul says that you are to look out for others first. You are to do absolutely nothing out of selfish ambition. This can be something hard to do.
What about myself and my needs? God will meet all of your needs, if you will just trust Him. As you are pouring yourself out to help others, God will then use others to help you and provide for you.
Too often people are closed fisted and hold on to what they have and their own desires. They are not free to give of themselves to others. Many out of fear of being taken advantage of. God will provide for you in ways you cannot see.
Trust God for your strength and provision as you meet the needs of others. Who can you help today?
Who can you value above yourself today?
I pray today that God will help you see the value of those around you; that the Holy Spirit will guide you in how to meet other’s needs; that you will not fear for your own needs; and that many will be drawn to Jesus through you.