By Dean Lusk
In the weekend meeting with our fellow believers today we'll be looking at Philippians 2:3-4
: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.
Now, we can't just take those two verses and build doctrine on them. There are other words surrounding these, and they give us the purpose behind the instruction above, but this phrase really sticks out at me:Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
It's striking to me that even after following Jesus closely, listening to Him teach, watching Him love people and give to them, the apostles had an argument about which of them was better than the others (Luke 9:46-48
Matter of fact, on another occasion (Matthew 20:20-28
), James and John got their mom to ask
Jesus if they could sit in special places when Jesus established His kingdom. Amazing.
Question: where do you draw the line at considering others as better than yourself? I mean, if you're a forklift operator, you probably wouldn't consider an unskilled, untrained person to be better at you than driving a forklift. Someone could get killed. Obviously this isn't an across-the-board deal.
What other Biblical instructions and principles guide your actions and decisions where this is concerned? And does Biblical instruction really guide your actions, or do you just talk like it does?