LGD 059: Consider Others Better Than Yourselves

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Girl pushing boy down a jolly jump slide
Photo by Dave Anthold (2011) – Pskov, Russia

Today, we explore a passage in Philippians 2 that drives us to think through humility from a servant leadership perspective.

Christ calls us to put others ahead of ourselves.

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves”

Philippians 2:3

The world would have us prop ourselves up, puff our chests, and tell everyone how great we are. By placing others ahead of ourselves, we take the position of a servant.

Our role as servant leaders is to guide our teams to success. We are only as good as those around us. When we display humility, our team sees and hopefully follows suit.

Later, Paul writes,

“…not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

Philippians 2:4

If we pushed the pause button for a moment, we might see that by placing others ahead of ourselves, we also succeed.

This scripture does not say that we are to be doormats; however, we can help others grow while succeeding as well.

The desire to be first is seen in athletics, and there is a place for winning. Being excellent is important; however, stepping on someone else to get to the top is not what Jesus intended.

Paul continues,

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 2:5

And what was Christ’s mindset?

In the verses that follow in Philippians, Christ took on the form of a servant who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live – death on the cross and resurrection three days later.

Christ wants our attitude to be like His…filled with humility in all we do.

Today, focus on serving those around you and living out Christ’s attitude of humility.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the reminder to live out humility, as you demonstrated for us. Guard the words of our mouths and the attitudes of our hearts. Forgive us when we mess up and forget to display humility. Thank you for your grace and mercy. Amen!

I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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