Phillipians 2:1-11

I ran across these verses today during my quiet time.

Phillipians 2:1-11

“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.  3Do nothing our of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:  6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! 9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about humility and pride in the past few days.  I have to admit that going to Speech and Debate tournaments sparked it.  It is very rare to find a competitor who is good yet humble.  They all have their various “groupies” and clicks.  They seem to be more centered on themselves than on others.

But, I’ll admit that I’ve committed the sin Jesus talked about on the Sermon on the Mount.  When he talked about taking the spec out of my brother’s eye while having a log in my own.  I may not be popular at Speech and Debate, but I often times find myself craving to be the center of attention.  I don’t really care about what others want to say, I want everyone to pay attention to me.  I struggle with doing things “out of selfish ambition.”

I’m detesting this in myself more and more.  At the Centennial tournament I regretted that I didn’t lose my voice.  It was a blessing in disguise when I lost my voice at the Open tournament.  When my ability to talk was taken away, I was forced to listen to others, to not be constantly putting myself forward.  So at Centennial I regretted the need to be quiet.

But it is also so hard because, besides wanting to be the center of attention, I love to make others laugh.  Something inside me feels fulfilled when I can cause laughter.  I think that sometimes I do want to make others laugh not for selfish reasons, but it’s beginning to be hard to distinguish between my righteous and selfish reasons.

I need to take to heart the Scripture in 1 Peter 3:8

“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.”

I pray that God will change the desires of my heart to be instead of self-serving, to be a servant to others.



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