So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
More About Philippians 2:1-4
Written by Denise J. Hughes (First 5 Ministries)
Chapter 2 opens with a direct command from Paul. He says, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit” (Philippians 2:3). If we pull this verse out of its larger context, we might feel like Paul is wagging his finger at us in an accusing sort of tone. But that’s not what Paul is doing.
This opening passage in Chapter 2 actually sets up the rest of the chapter where Paul invites us to follow in the footsteps of Christ, who is the ultimate example of someone who has a heart of humility.
Then, after a beautiful portrayal of Christ’s humility, Paul invites us to consider the humility of Timothy and Epaphroditus as well. (Philippians 2:19-30) Beautiful examples of humility which show that true heart humility leads to true joy.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the many ways You constantly look out for us. Even when we can’t see with our eyes, we can know in our hearts that, as You look out for our interests, we are free to look out for the interests of others. Forgive us when we’re too caught up in our own interests. Help us to look to other people’s interests and to trust You with ours. Grow in us a heart of humility and lead us in Your footsteps. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Journal Prompt: What is one small way you can look to the interests of those in your neighborhood today?