Daily Devotion, 05/15/2018, “Three ‘Others’ and You”
Philippians 2:3-4 NLT “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”
Every now and again and always for good reason, my precious Sharon will remind me that I need be humble. I usually respond by singing, “Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble when you’re perfect in every way. I can’t wait to look in the mirror because I get better lookin’ each day…” The thought of me singing is likely less than inspiring for you this morning plus there’s one somewhat inappropriate word in the lyrics that for follow so I’ll stop there.
That old country song popped in my head when I read our passage this morning because it is hard to be humble. It’s also hard to be unselfish, difficult to be others centered and seemingly impossible to be totally unconcerned with what people think of us. Three times in two verses, Paul uses the word “others” to remind us that humility and unselfishness are to define how we see ourselves and how we serve others. In the verses that follow, he talks about how Christ Jesus is the ultimate role model of humility and selflessness for us.
In his classic book “Mere Christianity,” C.S. Lewis wrote, “True humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” You are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of our God…no reason to think less of yourself; just think of yourself less. That’s a good word!
As difficult as it may be to do so, I encourage you to walk through this day and journey through your life humbly looking to bless others along the way.
You are loved!
PS If you want to hear the whole song, just Google “Mac Davis” or “Oh Lord It’s Hard To Be Humble” and you’ll find it :)