“No, Tell Me About You!”
Have you ever met someone who you had a very hard time getting to know because they only wanted to know about you? They were not trying to keep you from knowing them, they were just genuinely interested in you. They wanted to know what you like, what your hopes are and where your life is headed. Didn’t they make you feel special and like you matter? Wouldn’t it be nice if there we more people in the world like that?
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others.
Isn’t it amazing how being around a person who genuinely wants to get to know you and genuinely cares about you makes you feel? Does it make you want to treat other people that way?
Let’s look at Verse 3 now:
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
No matter what our lot in life is, no matter how much money we have, how expensive our house is, or how powerful our job is, we all wash our faces every day (hopefully) and put our pants on one leg at a time… so to speak.
God made us all and all to need a savior. Then He sent that Savior to live among us then allow us to put Him to death. And in that death, He worked our forgiveness and reconciliation back to God.
As we approach others, we need to remember that we all need a Savior and that is Jesus Christ our Lord. That puts us all on level ground no matter what our living situation or bank balance.
Let’s look at Verse 4:
Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others.
It is my prayer that as I meet people, that they see that I genuinely care about them and want to get to know them as a person. I hope that I never again come across as busy or hurried when I need to be opening a door on a new relationship with a person who God loves and has put in my path.
Imagine that you do not yet know Christ and you meet a new person for the first time. They are aloof and self-important. You then find out that person is a Christian. What would your opinion of Christians be at that point? Ouch!
Today’s devotional is quite short, but I hope that we will all consider how we approach people as Christians and be sure we are not coming across in a way that alienates people. My prayer is that we glorify God in this and all areas of our lives.
Lord, I thank You for Your beautiful Word. May we truly seek to glorify You in how we treat other people. Please help us to be what You want us to be and help us to be always seeking You and always growing in You. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.