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.