by Rev Joel Yong
Don’t act out of selfish ambition or be conceited. Instead, humbly think of others as being better than yourselves.
It’s hard to teach a proud person.
They think so highly of themselves that it’s not possible for them to learn from another.
However if we think of another as better than ourselves- then yes we have much to learn from each person around us!
Proud people will learn only if they see a benefit to themselves. Their self-centeredness drives them, rather than their humility and a genuine desire to improve oneself.
Don’t be concerned only about your own interests, but also be concerned about the interests of others.
The apostle continues in Verse 4 – that we ought to be focused on others rather than ourselves.
It’s what Christ did.
He looked down upon Earth from Heaven high above and thought: “What will happen to mankind if I do not go?”
And so though He would be persecuted and killed – He still came.
Rather than be self-centered – He valued our eternal destinies and came to make a way for us.
Have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Although he was in the form of God and equal with God, he did not take advantage of this equality. Instead, he emptied himself by taking on the form of a servant, by becoming like other humans, by having a human appearance. He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, death on a cross. This is why God has given him an exceptional honor– the name honored above all other names– so that at the name of Jesus everyone in heaven, on earth, and in the world below will kneel and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.