Showing Genuine Interest Towards Others – July 8, 2015
Philippians 2:1, So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
This week we have been looking at the book of Philippians. Paul is in prison and is writing to encourage the Philippians. He told them to show love towards one another, to all have the mind of Christ and to show humility rather than exalt themselves.
Today we see in Philippians 2:4, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippi was made up of a diverse group of people. If you look at Acts 16, you can see that the church consisted of a wealthy Jewish businesswoman named Lydia, a slave girl, and a Roman jailor. With so many people of different backgrounds, unity can be difficult. The same goes for us here in the North Dallas area. Our neighborhoods and churches consist of people with different backgrounds. Paul warns us to be careful about our own interests, and he reminds us that we should genuinely show interest towards others. When we do this, we prevent division within the church, and we begin to show the love and mind of Christ to others.
Think about this and have a blessed week.