What is best for you?

8 02 2011

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:3-5)

What does it look like to love others above ourselves? Many times, loving other people happens only when it is convenient, or when we ultimately feel guilty if we don’t. Loving others might mean giving a week of our time to go on a mission trip, or holding the door for a woman at the mall. It might mean saying something nice, even when you are boiling over with anger, or it might mean giving up that last Girl Scout cookie even though you know Samoas don’t come but once a year.

But what if loving others is more than a flippant gesture when the cosmos all align perfectly? What if it is a daily choice to sacrifice yourself so that others will be blessed, to give more than you take from this world? I think that’s what Paul meant when he wrote this statement. Have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. That’s a tough standard to live by. But it’s the best standard to live by.

Jesus, who was fully God, became as well fully man, in order to serve the people He created. To love us unconditionally and to ultimately sacrifice even His life for not just His friends but also His enemies. Not just when he got bored from shopping too much or Facebooking His friends. Not only when he saw someone homeless on the street and felt bad. He made a concious effort to live His life day in and day out with one purpose in mind: To bless other people.


So today, I will make the choice to put others before myself. Because I want to give more than I take. Because I want to follow Christ. His perfect example should be also my lifestyle, not jsut a nice idea but a standard of behavior. And ultimately, the more I give, the more I will gain. If I think less of myself and more of other people, my mind will be Kingdom focused instead of me focused. It would be about what God can do for me, but instead what I can do for Him by serving His people. So pay it forward today. And when tomorrow comes, and you don’t have time, make the choice again. And the next day. And the next. A choice to daily die to ourselves to glorify God more. To serve the people He loves more than I think about myself. And in turn, those I love will also love me. And in community we will help each other grow daily closer to God.


In His love,





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