From Pastor’s Desk: 3-13-16
Philippians 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
Sadly, there are many who will never learn this. In the “dog eat dog” mentality of the world, “#1” is always the one being looked out for. The “Gimme, gimme, gimme” attitude with which most people approach life is certainly contrary to God’s word. At best, if we are considerate of others, “What can you do for me in return?” is too often attached.
The “many who will never learn this” is not just in the world, but in the church as well. This is, in fact, the way that most people approach God, isn’t it? We come wanting, needing, desiring, and too often demanding of God those things, and/or people we feel we must have. Again, it’s the “Gimme” attitude.
Rather than approaching God for something we want, maybe it would be refreshing to Him for us to approach Him with thanksgiving, praise, and worship for that which He has given.
Vertical (God to mankind) and horizontal (mankind to mankind) relationship(s) would be so much more beneficial if we could learn the truth stated in Philippians 2:3.
Be assured that the principle behind which God’s blessings to His children lie are expressed within this verse. Jesus said something akin to it in different words, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).