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 to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:3-5
Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. Philippians 2:14-16
I received a call this morning from my little brother and he informed me that he was up early helping out his mom with her business. The call came in at 6:30 a.m. and he was on a street corner, with a sign on the south side of Houston. His mom has a coffee business and she set up in the parking lot of a local church selling coffee and doughnuts. My little brother started his own organization called “Community Alive” which is geared towards helping youth have a brighter future, and he is hosting a ‘Back to School Rally’ next week. So while we are on the phone talking I hear him telling people as he walks up to their car, “Good Morning, we are having a free back to school rally on the 10th and we are selling coffee and doughnuts to help raise money to support the kids in the neighborhood.”
It hit me how amazing this young dude is. We have other people in the world as well as around us everyday, who wouldn’t even think of putting someone else before themselves especially not at 6:30 in the morning on the streets. After thinking about what he is doing, that is when this text came to mind. What my little brother is doing this morning is self-sacrificing. He is showing what it looks like to place others before him and make their best interest above his own. This morning, he is modeling the mind of Christ.
We often times have opportunities to make ourselves second and place someone else before us. I am not talking about the obvious like your children or significant other because it is easy to put them first before you. I’m talking about people that we may or may not be connected to but they have a need and we are capable of helping them out. Jesus was sharing with the Philippians through Paul that it is one thing to talk about helping but it is another to do it. Paul shared with them to follow Jesus’ example and when they help out the least of these, don’t do it out of a selfish desire or foolish pride, but do it out of humility.
It is refreshing to see that there are still people willing to serve without complaining about it but just because they love to help others, especially in this generation. When you serve with the mind of Christ, just like the Bible says, “You shine like stars in the universe.” This is what Paul was telling the Philippians to shine so that when Christ returns he may be able to be proud of the work that they have done and ultimately that he has done and their efforts won’t be in vain.
This morning my little brother, instead of storing up earthly treasures for himself, he is storing up Heavenly treasures. I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities to store up Heavenly treasures for you as well and shin like stars in the universe every chance that you get. God will be pleased as His word says, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Make it a point to genuinely consider others better than you do yourself.
Jesse R. Watson Jr.