Selfishness vs. Humility

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The first post in this devotional series covering the book of Philippians is Devoted to Philippians.

After stressing unity, Paul goes on to say “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)

This is one of the verses I memorized early in my Christian life. But, while I understood it, I didn’t always apply it. Even now, over forty years later, I still have problems with pride. Not just selfishness, but self-centeredness: focusing on all things through my own eyes only.

In order to be humble, I think we have to start looking at EVERYTHING from God’s perspective. To Him, I’m just a guy who trusts Him. I’m very important to Him, but so are the people around me. And, this passage makes it clear that I am to look outwards, not inwards, for interests to satisfy.

Consider others more important than ourselves. Jesus said “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39) I’m not sure I’ll ever get to that point in this life, but it’s a goal worth trying to meet.

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