Lord, help me do nothing from selfish ambition or vain conceit but in humility consider others as more significant than myself. Help me look not only to my own interests but also to the interests of others. Open my eyes that I might see wonderful things in your Word today. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Read Philippians 2
Philippians 2:1–11 In the beginning of Philippians 2, Paul reminded the Philippians of the example Christ gave them. This example is the basis for his exhortation that they live lives of humility and self-sacrifice. Those who come to Christ must walk as he walked—on a road of humility and suffering—and they must take up their crosses and follow Him.
Philippians 2:6–11 These verses teach the divine nature of Christ. Do you know other passages that show this? See Titus 2:13, John 1:3, Colossians 1:15–20, and Hebrews 1:8.
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
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3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
- Reflect on Paul’s example of encouraging and honoring others. Who do you know who takes a genuine and specific interest in the welfare of others?
- Paul made the point that if Jesus, the divine Son of God, was willing to live selflessly to serve sinful man, even by dying for them, how much more should we be willing to live for others rather ourselves? This should result in our own freely-given service to God.
- Becoming like Christ doesn’t depend only on us because God remains constantly at work in us. Just as Paul encouraged believers to work out their salvation while they trusted in God’s sovereignty to carry all things to completion, we should do the same.
- Plan specific ways you can put the interests of someone else ahead of your own this week. Report it to your small group.
- Study a Scripture passage that teaches the deity of Christ. Where would you go in the New Testament to show someone that Jesus is the divine Son of God?