Do you humbly value others above yourself? Are you looking to the interests of friends, family, and fellow believers?
A Devotional Meditation on Philippians 2:3-4
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourself, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.Philippians 2:3-4
Philippians 2:3-4 is good, but keep reading! Paul goes on to point out that we should adopt the same attitude as Jesus . . . “Instead, he emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity.”
I am a naturally selfish person. My thoughts and values are initially about myself, and I have to work hard to shift my focus toward other people.
In comparison, Jesus’ entire purpose on earth was to show us how to serve and love others. How to be humble and obedient to God. “To the point of death.” (v.8)
My selfishness is embarrassing, and I pray regularly for the Lord to help me change. This verse offers deep transformation as I let the Spirit work His truth through me, and I keep the example of Christ before me.
Below is a look at my dialogue with the Holy Spirit while meditating on this passage. I meditate on the same verse every day for at least a week, and this is just a model to get you started. Meditating on scripture is a very personal journey and relationship with God, but you may find my Meditation Guide helpful. Subscribe now to my Newsletter and get immediate access to a Free Printable Library that includes meditation guidelines, a Meditation Journal Page, Scripture Writing pages, and bookmarks for this verse.
Not a single thing. I pause and think of all the big and little things I do in a day and who they’re for. Who am I impacting? I offer up these things to the Lord. I ask Him to be with me in each of them so that they are pure in intention. I’m quiet and silent before the Lord.
“out of selfish ambition”
When and how do I put myself forward? How do I strive to attain more? I release the selfish part of my ambitions over to the Lord and am silent with Him.
“or vain conceit”:
When do I feel better than others? When do I feel “owed” something? I ask the Spirit to search me and work in me.
“Rather, in humility”:
What does humility look like? How did Jesus, the creator of the world, show humility? How can I embrace that and reflect it in my life? I’m silent with the image of the humility of Christ.
“value others above yourself”:
When do I not see the value in others? Who’s value am I overlooking? I ask the Lord to help me see others as He does; to value them as He does.
“not looking to your own interests”:
I readily look to my own interests and ask the Lord to forgive me; I ask the Spirit to work in me. I ask for help stepping back and seeing everyone’s interest before moving forward. I’m silent as I step out of the center of my vision, focusing on God, His plan, and others.
“but each of you to the interests of the others”:
We each must look to one another without fear of being left out. Do I trust others with my interests? Do I have faith that my needs will be met as I’m meeting their needs? Am I following the sacrificial example of Christ? I’m quiet as I imagine everyone sacrificing for each other.
Suggested Breath Prayers
For more info on Breath Prayers, visit the article You’re Just a Breath Away From God.
Nothing with selfish ambition
With humility value others
Not my interests, but yours
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