Considering The Interests Of Others First

In the giving of ourselves to others (including our time, talents, money, etc.), we make known to them the essence of Jesus’ character, for it has always been His nature to think more about others than Himself (cf. Matthew 20:28; John 15:13; Romans 5:7-8; Ephesians 5:1-2; Philippians 2:5-8).

The natural tendency is for us to consider our own interests first — to look at everything from the perspective of our own needs and wants. But with the Lord’s help, we can unlearn this selfish habit. We can then begin to focus our minds on the best interests of others — their wants, their concerns, their needs.

And so we must ask ourselves this question: “Do we consider the interests and welfare of others more important than our own?” (cf. 1 Corinthians 13:5; Philippians 2:3-4; 1 Peter 5:5). Do we get as excited about what God is doing in and through their lives as we do about what He is doing in and through our lives? Do we long to see others “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18). Do we find satisfaction in seeing our spiritual children surpass us in the work they are called to do?

When we display this humble and selfless attitude, we have a measure of greatness in the eyes of God (Matthew 20:25-28; Matthew 23:10-12; Mark 9:35; Mark 10:43-45).

Beloved, we become most like our Lord, when the thoughts we have for ourselves are lost in our thoughts and actions that will benefit others (Acts 10:38; cf. Matthew 4:24; Matthew 12:15; Luke 4:40; Luke 6:17-18). There is no greater love than this (John 15:13; Romans 5:7-8).

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets