Do not merely look out for your own personal interests,
but also for the interests of others. – Philippians 2:4

Servanthood comes neither naturally nor easily. From the time we draw our first breath, we are programmed to think, “Me, my, and mine.” It is part of the DNA we inherited from Adam to be selfish. After all, you don’t have to reach a child to be selfish, do you? And this proclivity we have for “me, my, and mine” doesn’t get any better as we get older.

In Philippians 2, Paul told us how we can become better servants. The way we do that is by watching and imitating the life of Jesus Christ. That is what Philippians 2 is all about. The church at Philippi was divided by doctrinal differences and personal conflicts. So Paul wrote these words to the church:

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4).

Paul was saying, “Learn to put the needs of others above your own needs.”

How do you consistently put other people’s needs above your own?

Paul spelled it out beginning in verse 5. He said, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus” (2:5).

Do you want to know how to become a servant? Look at Jesus. Read the Bible and watch His actions. Imitate them in your own life, and then you can learn how to improve your serve.

About scon777

Pastor/Teacher at Grace Bible Church in Redwood City, CA since 1998.
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