SELFLESSNESS VS. SELFISHNESS

by – Sis. Grace Lacson

Philippians 1:3
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

Tug of war

Just by looking around, reading and listening to the news, I can evidently observe that SELFISHNESS becomes a motivating factor in achieving one’s goal or ambition. I’ve heard this from a friend who describes life as, “survival of the fittest” in a “dog-eat-dog” world and I think these phrases are also familiar to you. Every one of us has dreams and ambition in life and that’s one of the main reasons why we are here in Dubai. We want to pursue and make that ambition possible.

But there are few questions that might reveal how and by what means do we pursue and achieve this ambition. How do we view life? Is life a competition wherein we have to challenge and take advantage of others? Do we see ourselves better than others? Do we have to take “shortcuts” or do we follow the straight path just to fulfill our ambitions?

Paul wrote this letter to the Philippians to encourage humility in them with a view towards unity. This text is a very straight forward instruction.

Why do we have to DO NOTHING FROM SELFISH AMBITION?

Because selfish ambition leads us to neglect other people and we tend to pursue our own interest. We only see our own selves and consider our own far better than others. We tend to take the credit as if we are the ones who made those dreams happened. We become boastful and full of pride. Humility will never be an evident to a self-centered person.

But, Paul said, “…IN HUMILITY COUNT OTHERS MORE SIGNIFICANT THAN YOURSELVES”

Following through the verses of Philippians, it says there that the perfect example of humility is Jesus Christ:

“6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

Dear brethren, my hope as we pursue our dreams and ambitions is that we will pursue them with Christ-like humbleness and humility. Likewise, we should not only look to our own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Isn’t it nice and joyful when your success is also other people’s success? Most importantly in whatever we do we should always remember to glorify God.

 

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