DAILY DEVOTION, March 5, 2022
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself (Philippians 2:3).
We live in a competitive society. Many are striving to advance themselves above others. Even pastors sometimes are driven by ambition. Serving a larger church was often on my mind in my younger days. The above verse is easier to follow in old age! I hope I have matured beyond selfish ambition! Christians should never see themselves in competition with others. We should never strive for more influence over others. Instead, our goal is to serve others in humility. Paul says we should look upon others with higher honor than we give to ourselves. Is that easy? No, but it is the will of God.
Jesus said, “Whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:44, 45). Jesus is the Son of God, but He never pulls rank on us. If anyone should be served by us, it is Jesus. He had the right to demand our service. Yet, in His earthly ministry, He came to serve others, even to the point of giving His life for us. Let’s follow His example.
Father, You often ask us to do hard things. You want us to lay aside ambition and relate to others with humility, always looking for ways to serve others. I confess that I need Your help if I am to live as You command. Guide me by Your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.