The Interests of Others

interests of othersLet each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others (Philippians 2:4).

I’ll admit it. I’m a selfish person. I like comfort. I’m concerned with having my needs met. I don’t like to be inconvenienced. I buck against going outside of my comfort zone. (The fact that six sentences in a row begin with “I” should tell you something about me.)

Yet, my preferences don’t seem to hold much sway with God. When I’m all done kicking my feet and pouting, His Word still says that I should not only look to my own interests, “but also to the interest of others.”

I — and perhaps you, too — need to be more concerned with other people.

I know a lady who regularly helps feed homeless people. Someone else I know flew to another country to help orphans in that nation. Some dear friends packed up and moved their family to another city to work with an organization to help stop human trafficking. I am challenged by these people.

But this Scripture passage isn’t just about the big issues. Kindness and courtesy demonstrate a concern for others. A gentle word spoken in a tense situation. An act of caring. Encouragement. Being there. There are so many ways to look to the interests of others.

Will you join me today in taking the challenge of living out those words?

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