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The Golden Rule is not just for Sunday school. #humility

Philippians 2:4 “Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others.”

Why is it that when the person in front of me at the checkout line has five more items than she should and writes a check when the sign clearly says “Cash Only,” it’s because she is inconsiderate, but when I do it, it’s because I am in a hurry? Or why is it that when my spouse is late, it’s because he hasn’t managed his time appropriately, but when I’m late, it’s because I have a lot on my mind? The truth is that we only see things from our perspective and will then react from that single perspective unless we purpose ourselves to do otherwise. Paul is reminding us that we must condition ourselves to take others not only into consideration, but also to consider others first. Of course, this does not mean that we take on a sort of “door mat” mentality, where we consider only the needs of others. Even Jesus took time away from the crowd when He needed it (Mark 1:35-39). It is fully appropriate to consider our own needs. However, Paul is reminding us that our needs cannot be the only needs to which we look, nor should our perspective be the only one we see. In other words, a Christian’s view on life should be dictated by something that most of us learned as children in Sunday school: “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them.” (Matthew 7:12) It seems simple, but it takes concerted effort. However, it is an effort that is born of the fruit of the Holy Spirit who gives us all we need in order to achieve it.

Study/Meditation: Why do you think it is so important to consider others even as you consider yourself?

*Father, help me to see the needs of those around me and to react appropriately to those needs. Amen.