New Year, New Focus.
New Year, New Focus.
Every January, my thought process begins the same way. I ask myself the same questions, “How can I become a better me, stronger me, more focused me?” This new year I’m challenging myself to have a new focus and ask some new questions. I’m all for goals, and I think it’s incredibly important to work on oneself BUT what if my full attention was not on making myself better but helping others reach their fullest kingdom potential. What if this year I asked the Lord to help me look beyond myself and see what He sees and wants to do in others lives?
“Consider others better than yourselves.”
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Philippians 2:2-3. These aren’t my favorite verse because I have them figured out, but rather because they serve as a constant reminder that keeps my wondering heart in check.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:2-3 (NIV)
The first phrase of Philippians 2:2, “do nothing” continually centers me. In authentic transparency, I’m not sure how well I live this out. I try, but honestly, I think I tend to live, “do most of the time, or do sometimes.” Do nothing is a deep call that requires a profound work of the Holy Spirit. Here are there ways I’m “working out my salvation” and trying to live out this text in 2018.
3 Ways to Live out Philippians 2:2-3
- Do Nothing our of self-ambition or vain conceit: The call to live beyond myself is a daily decision to not put myself first. This year I will ask myself: Does this decision or conversation serve me, my ego, or my agenda before first serving and loving whomever I encounter?
- Value others about yourself: At first glance, this may seem easy but I’ve found it can be challenging to live out. The call to value others above myself is a call to love, listen, give, and release opportunity to others; to value their needs and dreams above my own.
- Look to the interest of others: The call to look to the interest of others is a “proactive” call to service. Often, “looking to others” can be reactionary out of immediate circumstance. This year, I will be proactive in seeing what Jesus sees and serving others before they ask or even know they need to be served.
So what do you think? How would your year be different if you lived out Philippians 2:2-3? How could God use you if you lived with others in mind first?
Zach, a recovering selfish heart.
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