Philippians 2:3-2:4 (NIV)
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
This instruction from Paul, the one about being humble rather than selfish, is a familiar one. The problem with familiar verses is that we think we know them. I think that we may have glossed over this passage and considered it written to “selfish” people, the ones who keep all of their money, possessions, and time to themselves. That’s not us. We give. We share. It’s possible we’re holding on to the Sesame Street definition of selfish. The act of giving isn’t in question, it’s our heart that interests our God.
Consider Paul’s intentional use of “Each of you…” We each are his intended audience. He questions our ambition. With what heart are we giving and serving? Serving in humility is done with the interest of others at heart. Do we have hearts of humility, truly giving of ourselves, or do we serve with an expectation of payment – in the form of praise, recognition, or influence? I challenge you to examine your ambition. Ask God to grant you the desire for selfless service.
Lord, reveal to me the ways in which I can share my gifts with others. My desire is to give selflessly, with a humble heart, to further your glory and your kingdom, Lord, that others may know the richness of your love.
By: Jessica LaCava