Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;Philippians 2:3(NASB)
There are certain threats that are common to all Christian churches that are identified at Philippi. One is the infiltration of false teachers whose outward appearance is that of a gentle lamb but inwardly are ravening wolves seeking to shed blood, destroy souls, and accumulate dishonest gain. We are instructed to identify such teachers by their bitter fruit. Another problem is internal division which endangers the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace and love between believers.
Paul's antidote to most of the difficulties in Christian communion is to be like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit, and doing nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit - but rather, in humility of heart, valuing each other above ourselves.
These are simple instructions, but how difficult to achieve when 'king self' is sitting on the throne of one's life. Humility of spirit, gentleness of disposition, love for each other, and joy in the Lord, are all fruits of the Spirit, which burst forth in a life that is centred in Christ.
Let us love one another, for love is of God. He who loves as Christ loved us is born of God and knows Him. Paul's earnest cry at the end of His life was: "That I may know Christ." Let this be our earnest desire today and for the rest of our lives. And as we know Christ more intimately, may we love others more deeply and, with humility of heart, value others above ourselves.
Heavenly Father, it is my desire to do nothing out of selfish motives or ungodly incentives. Instead, with a humble heart, I pray I would truly value others above myself. May all I do in my life be always to Your praise and glory. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.