Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy,2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
As we celebrated Veterans Day yesterday and many are off work today in honor of the men and woman that serve this country, let me first say thank you to all those who have served and who currently serve. I would like to say thank you to the families that make sacrifices for the freedoms that make this United States a wonderful place to live. There are many lessons that can be learned from the sacrifice and service of these families. Paul pleads with us in the second chapter of Philippians to be like-minded. We must be of one mind if we are going to serve God the way He wants us to. He describes to us how we are to serve in verse 3. Paul says we must not do anything through selfish ambition or conceit. Basically Paul is telling us to serve others to better them and not ourselves. Serve others with no regard to ourselves. Sometimes service is actually self promoting, almost like free advertising. Paul says let your service be in the lowliness of mind. In other words, your service should be out of the genuine love of Jesus Christ that flows through you and to the individuals you are helping. I really think this is the key. I need to serve others first and foremost out of my love for Jesus Christ. When this happens we can truly look after the interests of those we are serving. It will not be possible for you to truly lose yourself for the good of others if you are not in tune with Jesus. So today spend time with Jesus, love Him by talking with Him, listening to Him. Seek Him today. In the little things that go on in your life to the major things that are wide open in your life look for Jesus' hand. Look for His love. There is assurance that if you seek Him today, you will find Him.
Reaching for Him,
Brother Big Daddy