"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."
Philippians 2:3-4 ESV
Selflessness. A word so simple to understand, yet so utterly difficult to perform.
How often do we fight over the last bit of food or who sits at the front of the car? How often do we argue over who didn't clean up after themselves or for accidently stepping on each other's foot? How often do we play the blame game? How often do we get irritated at each other over the smallest things?
Regardless of what you argue over, the point is: would you want to be treated the way you treat others? Are you counting others more significant than yourselves in humility?
Quite often (if not always) the answer is no.
Here are some more questions to answer:
- Would you give away your car to someone who needs it more?
- Would you give away your job, career or promotion to someone who needs it more?
- Would you choose to get your wedding suit/dress dirty to help someone who needs it?
- Would you choose to lose your savings to help someone out of debt?
- Would you choose to die anonynously, if it meant that someone else could live?
Surely, it is impossible to live a lifestyle of consistent selflessness. However, whatever is impossible with man, is possible with God.
Christian, without God's grace, we can try to be selfless, however we will fail. Let us press into God for strength to count others to be more significant than ourselves.
If Jesus lived like this when He wandered the earth, who are we to live contrary to that?
By living a life of selflessness, not only will we represent Christ in a greater way, but we will be living in obedience giving our King the glory He deserves.