OTHERS CENTERED AND NOT SELF CENTERED

OTHERS CENTERED AND NOT SELF CENTERED

Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. —Romans 15:2

            How much do I look out for the interests of other people?  Or, am I only concerned with my own interests?  In what ways do I seek to please my neighbor for his good?  How am I looking to build others up?

            These questions can be seen in the way I spend my time, the way I spend my finances, the time I serve, the attitude I serve with, the desires I truly have on the inside, how I really think of other people and my desire for other people’s best.

            So, how have I sought to please a neighbor for his good lately?  How have I sought to build a neighbor up recently?  And is this a lifestyle or a once-in-a-while occurrence? 

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross. —Philippians 2:3-8

            “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”  Wow, that is the challenge and encouragement to us.  Do I have His mind in looking out for the interests of others?  Do I truly desire to be a servant like Jesus was a servant and all that that means!  Who will I serve today?  Who will I seek to please today?  Who will I seek to build up today?

Dear Father may I be more faithful in this today than I was yesterday and even more faithful tomorrow than I may be today.  May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gjXBMC8-oM

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