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Jesus - Hope for Selfishness

Galatians 5:13-14
13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Philippians 2:1-11
2 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God,  did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


Far too often we measure our worth on the scale of comparison. Our minds constantly rolling around thoughts like, “I wish I had that job.”, “There family is way better than mine.”, “I wish I was as smart as them.” or “life isn’t fair.”. However, our likeness is not meant to be found in the image of people, but instead found in the image of Christ. Being like Christ, we don’t need to look to our neighbor asking, “why do they have ____ and I don’t”, but instead looking to our neighbor only to see if they have enough. “Not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4).

Seeing through Christ’s eyes is sometimes difficult, but when we seek to be like-minded with Him, the overflow of our thoughts will bring an absence of selfish ambition and fullness of humility (Phillipians 2:2-3). His thoughts ultimately bring us to a point of submission and an attitude of meekness. This doesn’t have to be complicated. We’re simply called to look like Christ, to think like Him, to love like Him, and to serve like Him. It was through Christ’s love and service that people were drawn to follow him. Serve not only in love, but also in deed (Hebrews 10:24). Take action in love, for action produces action. Just remember, Jesus all by himself is attractive all we need to do is look like Him.

 

 

By: Alisha Weston