Others First

Philippians 2:3-5  

3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,) 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. 


We’ve been discussing Kingdom and central to the Kingdom itself is the priority of others.  It was the second greatest commandment, and was reiterated throughout the New Testament, like here in Philippians.  We, as believers, are to lift others’ needs above our own.  This is how Jesus desires to reveal Himself and His people to the world… by their love.  


Not much about our culture promotes the pursuit of a selfless lifestyle.  In fact, much of what the world tells us is the exact opposite.  Our culture continually implies that in order to “matter” one must self-promote as much as possible, in order to establish a platform of influence.  This is just a distraction.  It keeps us from what God wants most.  And, that is what the Apostle Paul is reminding and commending the Church at Philippi of in this letter.  This was the poorest church in the New Testament and they sacrificed all in order to advance the gospel.  Paul thanks them and in love encourages them to continue.  He implies that this sort of living is the only true form of living.  It’s our purpose in life.  To love like Him, so that others can know Him and choose to live with Him.  This is why we’re here as the Church of Jesus.  It is to reveal His heart, through our serving hands and feet, as we worship Him in all that we do.