Philippians 2:3-5 NIV 2011
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interest but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.
Paul restated two ethical enemies of harmony and unity within the church “selfish ambition or vain conceit.” Philippians 1:17, “The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely,” were Paul’s first admonition concerning “acts of the flesh.” Being humble is a character of God’s faithful which would unite them. With a right attitude toward each other their concern for fellow believers would reflect God’s love. Believers are to be armed with the knowledge of Christ’s work, Matthew 11:29, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart.” Jesus Christ is the perfect model for believers to follow.
Excessive self-pride opens the door to emptiness. Belief that we have the power to master our own destiny displays conceit. Most teenagers believe they can do whatever they want without recourse. By thirty-five many discover there is someone far greater than we. Applying God’s Word to our daily lives shows us He is greater than we are. John 3:30, “He must become greater; I must become less.” Following Jesus daily, I accept and cherish He is my perfect role model and resolute focus.
Where will we focus today?
Following the Fisherman faithfully,