1Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
We live in a world where there is so much self promotion. Selfie is now a term that is recognized in the dictionary where you take a picture of yourself with your smart phone. In hockey, there are rules. However, if you don’t like how the other player may have pushed you or trash-talked you, then you drop the gloves and start to exert physical force to show who is the tougher player.
Paul shares that when Jesus came to earth, he did the opposite of what a hockey player would do. He didn’t exert his power or show off his power. He actually was very humble and was looking at the interest of others. This is a stark contrast to the world’s philosophy of every man for themselves in order to get ahead. This is not easy to do as our human nature is to look after ourselves first. This encouragement from Paul brings out the humility that we keep trapped behind pride’s door.