From Selfish to Selfless

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3 ESV)

We all do it. When we wake up, we are the first person we think about. We need coffee to perk us up from a groggy stupor. Some of us might feel a few aches and pains, the not so subtle reminders of aging. Where did this belly come from? Oh yes, we’ve earned it with a few extra meals and snacks.

A quick glance of the schedule cues up a list of priorities for the day, and they must be completed…no excuses. And that is where frustration can creep in, especially when someone interrupts your plans with a problem you never wanted. But sometimes those interruptions serve a purpose. Could it be that God wanted your attention to be spent on someone else other than you? He may have chosen you because you were the right person for the job.

Many Christians love to say they follow the Holy Spirit’s lead. But do they really? Do they follow through on something that God puts on their mind, or do they procrastinate by making excuses? If you are a normal human being, then you would probably be the procrastinator. Why? Because you have other priorities and responsibilities to tend. After all, you are being a good steward, right?

I would say that most of us like to play it safe and that we only care about our needs and comfort. You’ve worked hard already. So why would you go out of your way to help someone else? Yes, we have all done it. We sighed loudly and even puffed a few words of annoyance. But God’s word says to “count others more significant than yourselves.” Why would he say such a thing? Because he knows you are selfish and he wants you to be courteous to others. Everything is not about you and he’s going to find ways to humble you if you don’t humble yourself first. You can’t learn what it means to love if you don’t have meaningful relationships. If you want a fuller life, then God is going to teach you how to share it with others. His kingdom, his rules.

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