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
The majority of people do not think of themselves as selfish. They want to believe that they are concerned for others. Yet, when it is closely looked at the reason why they do what they do, there is usually an underlying characteristic of selfishness.
Very few people do the majority of what they do without selfish ambition. A person may work hard for his boss, appearing to be looking out for his boss, but inside the person is striving to look good for a promotion or a pay raise…selfishness. Many people help another person out just to look like a good person who helps others out, not for the focus of helping that other person out. Many wealthy people give away millions of dollars to the needy every year, not so much to help the people, but to have a tax write-off…selfishness.
This type of action and thoughts occur even inside the church. People teach a Sunday School class to look good or out of guilt, not out of the desire to help others. Some will argue over the color of the carpet for selfish reasons, not for the benefit of others.
Believers are to put others first, just as Jesus did when he died on the cross. He laid His own life down to give life to others and does not charge any one for the price of that death.
Putting others first is not an easy thing to do, because of man’s own selfish nature. People are out for self-preservation, not the needs of others.
As you seek to put others first and their needs above your own, God will meet your needs. God can bring another person into your life to meet your needs, while you are out meeting the needs of another person.
Putting others first is the ultimate show of love that you can show any person. There is no greater love than putting another person above yourself.
Take time to take a look at what you do and why you do. Ask God to reveal you the true reasons behind your actions. Then strive to do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit as you trust God.
I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will trust God to meet all of your needs; and that you will allow God to use you to meet the needs of others.
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:21
Submission is the act of yielding to the desires or will of another person. It is allowing the other person the right of way. When driving down a road and a person comes to a yield sign, he must stop his own desire to move forward first and allow the other person to go through the intersection first. This does not matter how fast one wants to get through or not, the yield must occur.
Yielding is not something that people of the world really want to do. There is a rebellion that rises up in the individual to have his own way. Refusal to submit to another person is seen in the workplace, nation, and in the home. People fight against their government, their boss, their spouse, their parents and each other. Everyone wants to have their own way.
This was first started when Adam and Eve sinned in the garden by getting their own way of eating the fruit against God’s desires. They did not submit to the will of God. Since then people have been in rebellion against God.
Jesus is the perfect example of submission. He submitted His own will to the will of God. He also submitted Himself to the will of man when He allowed Himself to be placed upon the cross to die for every person.
Believers are not to live like the world anymore. They are to submit to each other as they submit to God. This is done out of reverence and worship to God.
Putting other people’s desires first, above one’s own desires, shows God’s love for others. Everything that a believer does is to be done out of love for God and for the other person.
Take a look at your own life and see how you at submission. It starts with submitting to God, putting God’s desires and will first above your own. In the process of submitting to God, you will then submit to others, putting others first in your life.
Life is not all about you. It is first of all about God and then it is about others, whether in the home, workplace, or nation. Allow others to have the upper hand and God will take care of you and your needs at all times. Do it out of worship for God.
I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know the love God has for all people; that your life will be fully submitted to God; and that you will put others before yourself out of worship for God.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:5
Love is something that has been talked about for many centuries. Thousands of books and movies are written on stories about love. However, the majority of the stories are about a physical love and do not represent God’s true, unconditional love.
This chapter is known as the great chapter of the Bible on what love is. In this verse Paul points out some things that love does not do or is not. The four things that he lists are: does not dishonor, is not self-seeking, is not easily angered, and keeps no record of wrongs. These four things are centered around selfishness.
Many people in the world are very quick to dishonor someone who they do not like. This occurs in private and in public. It can be found easily in movies, books, news articles, music and many other places.
The world is also very easily angered about things that do not go their way. Every day there are articles in the news about riots, protests and fighting going on. One person or group is angry with another. People get angry over little things.
And then, people keep a record of things done wrong. Memories of faults go back a hundred years, with no forgiveness. Families split because of a long list of wrongs that were done.
All of these things are centered on self-seeking selfishness.
Love does not do any of these things. God is love and He is not easily angered, does not dishonor anyone, and does not keep a record of wrongs once a person repents.
Love is looking out for the other person and putting that person first. Instead of cutting others down, love will build others up. However, the only way for a person to really live this way, is to know true love–Jesus.
As a believer, you must look at your actions, words and thoughts with others. How are you treating other people?
The way to love others is the way God loves you. Jesus had you in mind when He went to the cross and died on it. It was not about Himself, but about you.
When people look at your life, are they seeing the ways of this world–dishonor, anger and selfishness?
Or are they seeing true love, God’s love?
I pray today that you will know the love God has for you; that you will allow God’s love to flow through you; that you will truly love all other people; and that others will know God’s love through you.
For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. Romans 14:7
Watching any advertisements will show a person that everything is about him. It is about pleasing one’s own self as much as possible. It is about getting everything one can and being happy in this life.
The process of being happy is to not deny one’s self of any pleasure, regardless of the cost. It does not matter if one has to step on another or cut another down in order to be happier. It is all about self.
Paul talks about this saying that no one lives or dies for himself alone. The world tries to deny this. Yet, the reality is that everyone needs everyone. No one can build their own home without the help of someone else. That help could be just someone making the ax to chop the trees down, to make the boards to build the house. Someone else is needed.
Yet, many live as though they are the king and don’t need any one else. Rules are made by individuals and placed harshly upon others to live by.
In the church there are many people who have come up with a long list of things to do or not to do in order to be a believer. Some have learned that they have freedom in Christ to do things that were once thought of as bad. This does not give them a license to do those things around others who do not believe it yet.
It is not about self. It is about building others up. If someone does not believe a Christian should play cards, the other person, who has no problem with it, must not play cards around him. That is not building up, but cutting down, causing a stumbling block.
You may be on the giving or receiving end of this type of action. Take a look at your life and see how you are living it. As Jesus did not make His life to be all about Him, but about others, so you must make your life to be about others.
First is God, then other people around you. What are you doing to build them up?
What are you doing that is cutting them down or holding them down?
Live like Jesus and put the desires of others first above your own. It is not about you.
I pray today that you will know the love God has for all people; that you will know the care God has for others; that you will live for God; and that you will live to build others up in Jesus.
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