Philippians 2: 3-4 (NIV)
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others…
Today, tens of thousands of men and women are on their way into Boston... running the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton. Possibly years of racing to qualify to run this specific race, months and months of training... and it all comes down to one morning in April... 2-6 hours... under which the body needs one thing... and one thing only to cross the finish line... balance.
The human body is an amazing thing when you see it in primal action. Everything from breathing, sugar storage, hydration, heart rate, adrenaline, form... is in pure harmony for the body to accomplish such a feat. When things start to fall out of balance... it is when the runner typically "bonks." Makes getting the finish line... so painful.
When I read what Paul wrote here... I see a picture... a picture where Jesus told us in Matt 22: 37 & 39 to "love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind"... and to "love your neighbor as yourself."
To keep everything in balance as we run this daily race called life, it seems our love for God and others has to contain just the perfect mix of our heart for Jesus, a soul driven by the Holy Spirit, and practical mind to keep it all in balance.
In Paul's challenge here... it seems that selfish ambitions ultimately break the balance. It will ultimately force the harmony with others to slowly slide off the rails and break the fulcrum.
Dear God, I know you want us to strive for harmony... which is not in our selfish nature. I ask that you help me do all things with a pure ambition whose desire is to please you while serving others. Amen.
By: Kenny Mitchell