This next chapter in Philippians is probably one of my favorite passages in all of Scripture. At one time, I had it memorized. (uggg, I have got to work on keeping up what I have already memorized in the past!!)
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus…” Phil. 2:3-5
This is the hard part. I have worked on this verse with my kids in the past, but honestly…how many of us as ADULTS can say that we have this down pat?
Do nothing out of selfishness?
Consider others better than myself?
Don’t look to my own interests?
Have an attitude like Christ’s?
As Christians, these are definitely goals…but I want it to be more than a lofty goal in my life, I want to be able to consistently say that my attitude is like His. And most of the time, that is just not true for me.
If I want to look like Him, what do I need to look like?
full of grace
not worried about my own needs and wants
unconditional love for others
complete forgiveness always, no matter what
faithful, loyal, true
always pointing to the Father
So, how do we begin to look more like Him and less like ourselves?
For me, it starts with Him. Time with Him. Consistent prayer life. Consistent time “eating up” His Words ~ bread of life. Communion with Him. More of Him…less of me. More time with Him. More focus on Him and His words. Less focus on me and my needs and what I want. But, I still have so far to go. I want more of Him. More, more, more.
What about you? Do you have any thoughts on this passage?