Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4 NIV
She brought her new boyfriend around to meet her friends. She wanted them to get to know him. He had an interesting history and was a nice person. But there was one thing that he needed to work on. His best subject, his favorite subject, nearly his only subject, was himself. He did not leave room for others. The problem was increased by his desire to be well received by her family and friends. But he still needed to learn the art of forgetting oneself. He needed to learn to put his interest in others. What about us? Is focusing on others something we could learn too?
A Christian is a person who realizes that we are not the most perfect creatures and will humble ourselves. We see our need for a Savior. We see a need for change. We know we have to learn to let God work in our lives and in our hearts. If we are too in love with ourselves, this process is interrupted. Our growth in the Spirit is effectively blocked. It will take an honest person these days to recognize that we often think of ourselves first. But if we are willing, we can ask to walk so closely with our Savior, that His love and selflessness will fill us. Who would like to learn to put our own agendas aside? Who would like to follow Jesus and ask Him to turn us into the kind of people who put others first?
Teach us to concern ourselves ever more with others and ever less with ourselves. Give us Your love that pours outward to all those around instead of inward to ourselves, we pray!