Philippians 2:4; Various
Being a Blessing to Others: Looking After The Interest Of Others
Philippians 2:4; Various
Good evening and welcome to BCCC and our nightly devotional study.
We have been talking about blessing others. Last Friday, I shared with you how important it is for us to bless people and shared how to give a verbal blessing. On Saturday, I talked about blessing others in the same manner that God has blessed us with agape love. Last night I shared about blessing others with good deeds. Tonight I am really going to step in it. As an older gentlemen in my congregation says, “Now you’ve gone from preachin’ to meddln’!”
Tonight we are going to talk about blessing people by looking after their interest. Philippians 2:4 says, “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” On the surface this may seem just like helping others out. It goes along with Christian unity and having the same mind of Christ.
But the connotation is much stronger. It’s getting into the lives of other people. This verse in the original Greek would really look like the scales of justice. The things of self on one side and the things of others on the other side. For most of us the scales weigh more on the self side. I’m not saying that we are naturally selfish but we do look after our own causes, circumstances, company, family, interest, experiences, things, business (Insert your own word here) more than we do the things of other people. So if the shoe fits, wear it.
We, as Christians, sometimes say that we should put others first and our own interest second. After Jesus said “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all” (Mk 9:35). But this verse lends to balancing the scales. The interest of others should at least be as great as my own interest. And we should value them as more important. We should do whatever to help them along with ourselves.
Where this really comes into some deep thought is when you but this in terms of business. The philosophy of business in the modern world is to make as much money as you can and put the competition out of business. My first job after high school was working for K-mart. The founder of K-mart was SS Kresge who started out with a series of 5-10 stores and reinvented merchandising with the invention of the discount department store. While working there I was given a copy of the biography of SS Kresge and I was impressed to see how much he cared for his workers. He even bought a house for one of his workers who lost everything in a house fire. Kresge wasn’t interested in running the competition out of business either. He knew competition was good for business. But all that changed when he died. The corporation turned it’s sights putting other retailers out of business… ironically the competition eventually put K-mart out of business.
The key to this verse is humility. In fact, the verse right before it says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves” (Ph 2:3). In fact, I believe the key to being a successful Christian is humility.
Moses showed humility by interceding for Israel instead of turning the whole community over to God to be destroyed. David showed humility by taking responsibility for his own sins and mistakes. Paul showed humility by considering himself the least of the apostles. And we need to show humility when in how we treat other people. We need to consider their interest and not just our own. By doing so we are being a blessing to others.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear God Almighty, You have blessed us to be a blessing. I thank you for looking out after my interest. I ask that you will help keep me humble and help me to look after the needs of others. In Jesus name, we pray, Amen!
“Good night and God bless you.”