Philippians 2:3–4 (NIV): “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others”.
We ourselves are loved and cherished by God, but we are not to be self centered; we are to “value others above ourselves.”
To be sure, we maintain a healthy and secure lifeline to Our Father, but then, having all of our needs met by God, we go out and serve others, looking for ways to bring value into others’ lives. In fact, living to serve others is the surest way to get all of our needs met by Our Father.
God is concerned about the welfare of everyone, but his intimacy, wisdom, strength, and courage are found with his selfless servants.
It is undoubtedly a paradox that the best way to live is to die to ourselves, but it is nonetheless true. It is the pathway first trod by Our Savior, and it is still the way to our Father’s heart.
He cherishes those that follow the path of Christ in selfless, humble obedience. The “beatitudes” in Mathew Chapter 5 outline the blessings of those living for Christ; theirs will be the mercy of God, the righteousness of God, the kingdom of heaven, the comfort of God, the vision of God, sonship with God, the inheritance of the earth, and great reward in heaven.
To learn that every soul is precious in God’s eyes is Kingdom Living 101.
Without a proper regard for others, we are perpetually in Remedial Training 101. It is far superior in life to humble ourselves at the outset and go on to the heights with Our Master than to forever be found wandering in the desert wondering if we will ever find the “promised land.”
Life here is too brief to waste time. As Jesus said: “I must work the work of God during the day; the night is coming when no man can work.”
— Brad Heilhecker