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Thinking of Others

Philippians 2:3

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

IMG_0435-0In our western society – it is not normal to think of others. Most people are very myopic – thinking singularly about themselves. Thinking about numero uno – number one – is where most people focus.  We’ve heard the phrase – the me generation I’m sure – and it can be used to label many generations for sure. Some of us are often focused on what makes us feel good or better.

Today’s passage gives us a different view.  Here it is in partial context.  Philippians 2:1-11 – 1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

One of my favorite phrase is – Christianity boils down to attitude – the condition and position of one’s heart.  It comes from this passage – where our attitude should be that of Christ.  Thinking of others is not normal for most of us – and for most it can only be done as we take on the heart and attitude of Christ. For most of us it takes a transformation to think of others first.

We should throw off the things that hinder our walk with Jesus – and at times that is pride and selfishness.  Think of the attitude of Christ – who thought not of Himself – but of others when He hung on the Cross of Calvary. What if Christ had been thinking of Himself? Where would we be?

Having the attitude of Christ – the heart of Christ – is what we are to strive to accomplish.  Thinking of others is one of the changes most of us need to make in our daily lives.  We must think less of ourselves and more of others! As John the Baptist put it – John 3:30 – He must become greater; I must become less. The he is Christ – the I here was John the Baptist but we could plug our name in there – if we would!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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June 9, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , ,

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