So for those of you with the “Youversion” Bible app you know that today’s daily verse was 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.”
Can you imagine living a life like this? This is humility at its finest. Notice that Paul does not say, “Now, by putting yourselves down lift others up.” Humility has almost nothing to do with ourselves. It doesn’t involve any verbal or emotional self abuse. It involves esteeming, or respecting, others better than ourselves. It has been said that humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less. Paul kind of agrees with this but says it more like, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself it’s thinking better about others!”
The goal is not to get the focus OFF of yourself but it is to get your focus ON to others. And if that comes at the cost of a few less moments staring at the mirror or planning out your 12 steps to success, than may that be a joyful sacrifice in the pursuit of the second greatest commandment. “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
And what is our motivation to fulfill what Paul commands in Philippians 2:3-4? Well he gives that motivation in the first two verses of the chapter. Philippians 2:1-2 “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”
This is the beauty of the Love of God reflecting through His people in the lives of the Christian community via its individuals. May our lives be the ripples of Jesus’s love shown through His Day-to-day mercies, love, joy and fellowship. May these ripples resonate a beauty within us that reveals Christ’s love to the unbeliever and draw into unity the Body of Believers so that we may in One Mind, One accord, show that Same Love, that Christ showed us, to every soul we come in contact with.
This is our motivation. This is our challenge.
May God bless you as you seek to bring Him glory,
Just a COG