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"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves." Do not be selfish, but be humble, just as Jesus was, and appreciate those who you compete with.
Publish Date: Mar 11, 2021
"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves." While we all desire to win, as Christians we should always want others to succeed as well. We can express this support by not being selfish and instead of being humble, just as Jesus was, and appreciate those with who we compete.
three. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind. Regard one another as more important than yourselves. Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. How can we see that happen? How can we be used as instruments of unity? Not only must we avoid being instruments of disunity, we must be aggressive in promoting unity That's so important, because Satan is so aggressive in promoting disunity. Um, and so Verse three begins with an admonition to do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit. Selfishness is the enemy of unity. If it's all about me and what I want, discord will always ensue every single time. Selfishness is at the root of every single sin. And so it's not surprising that Paul begins this teaching on how you can be, uh, an instrument of unity by saying do nothing from selfishness. He mentions selfishness first or empty conceit because selfishness is the enemy of unity. To be selfish is to place my will over that of other people and even God the very first thing that ever occurred. That's what happened. Eve did that in committing the first sin and putting her will over the will of God. And that's what everyone of us does when we commit sins, even when not outwardly manifested. Selfishness breeds within us. Anger and resentment, jealousy, those types of unhealthy attitudes and no church, even the most doctrinally sound and spiritually mature, is immune from the threat of this scent, and nothing can more quickly divide and weaken a church. Discord and division are inevitable when we focus on our own agendas to the exclusion of others in the church, he said. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit. The Greek word, they're translated empty conceit is found only here in the New Testament, and it references a highly exaggerated view of ourselves. Selfish ambition pursues personal desires, empty conceit, seeks personal glory and acclaim. And the way we do that is we raise ourselves up higher than we deserve than we are while lowering others lower than they are, because the whole purpose of empty conceit is to distance ourselves above others as much as possible. This person sees him, himself or herself, as always, right, and he expects everybody to agree, cannot stand to be wrong, cannot stand to lose an argument always must have the last word demand to be praised and offered gratitude. They even become angry if they feel the proper gratitude hasn't been extended to them. So empty conceit is, by nature, self deceptive because it's empty, it's not based on reality, and we must be on constant guard against it. As we guard against selfishness and empty conceit. We must cultivate humility of mind, he says. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility, of mind. Humility of mind is the very opposite of selfish ambition and the foundation of Christian character. This is literally meaning here, loneliness of mine. And in secular Greek literature, the adjective lowly was used exclusively in a derisive way, most commonly of a slave. It described what was considered base common, unfit and having little value in Greek culture. They said it was important to be prideful, to raise yourself up, not to lower yourself and have loneliness of mind. So they didn't view that as an honorable action. And so when Paul writes this, he is speaking directly against the clear teaching of their culture, just like he's speaking directly against the clear teaching of ours. So humility of mind is the opposite of pride. The sin that is always separated, fallen men from God is that pride making them, in effect, their own gods. But humility of mind sets them up, provides a foundation for the Christian character he wants to build in their lives. To be humble, I have to lower myself and raise. Others have to have a lower view of myself and a higher view of others than I had before. Christ, that's just gonna be a natural result of God's changing me into his image. But politics at a step further by urging us to quote regard one another as more important than yourselves. Wow, regard one another as more important than yourselves. Nothing flies in the face of natural man any more than that does telling us to regard others as more important than ourselves. Only when you've been transformed by gotten into it by the Holy Spirit Can you live this? So he's telling us to lower yourself and lift others up, observe the needs of others as being more important than yours, and not just something to be given attention to when you have extra from your overflow more important than yourselves. Now, this doesn't mean that we accomplish this by abusing ourselves. Um, but he's just saying that you have such a proper attitude towards yourself and you see others as God sees them, that you're able to sacrifice for them because that's what God did for you, and that's the example that the Lord provided.