Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Verse That Zings Me!

Photo by Bill Chesney (Flickr)
Philippians 2:3 (NASB)
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.
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“Congratulations, Peggy, on your sales today.” I had to force myself to say those words, and it was even harder to be sincere with my intentions. However, I went back to my office knowing I had taken a step toward obeying God. For weeks during my quiet times, I’ve been begging God to help me regard others (including their goals and successes) more important than my own – and do it with humility, no less.

Having been extremely performance based during that season of my life, I could barely function when my name didn’t appear first on the sales board at the radio station I worked for back then. That kind of attitude was destructive to my soul, and to those around me at the office. Many year later, when I returned to radio sales, I firmly resolved to do it differently – to rejoice when others succeeded, too.

In addition, I am considering what if I treated my husband with Philippians 2:3 in mind? How would that change our marriage? Also, in what other areas of my life would hiding this verse in my heart change me?
 
I don’t know about you, but this is one of those scriptures that really zings me. Read it in the Amplified Bible (below) for a real zingy affect:
 
Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves].

Prayer:
Father, I repent of my selfish ways, especially when I put my needs ahead of others. I ask You to continue working in my heart so that I will more consistently consider others needs as more important than my own.
 
This week's goal:
This week, I will meditate on (and try to memorize) Philippians 2:3. And at least one time each day, I will make a conscious effort to put someone else's need ahead of mine.
 
Does this verse challenge you?
 
  • In what ways have you acted selfishly this past week?

  • What does “humility of mind” mean to you and how does one achieve it?

Note: This blog is for anyone who desires a deeper walk with Jesus. I have another accountability blog for women only: CoffeeWithSheryl.com. (Once on the blog, click on the Current Goals tab to see several practical links regarding specific behavior issues, including: quiet time moments, addictions, eating/exercising habits, being a better wife/mom, etc.)
  

4 comments:


  1. Philippians 2:3 (NASB)
    "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves."


    My first thought was "this has never been an issue for me; I cannot relate to this post."

    I don't think jealousy or envy has ever been an issue with me. It was kind of strange my feeling regarding the post. I almost circled it trying to make sense of it wondering if I had somehow missed something my entire life regarding this scripture and your post. I decided not to walk away from it but to come back fresh and look at it again.

    I looked at the Bible verse you chose and which has always intrigued me.

    For one thing I believed I had always thought I was less important than others; but I decided to consider the challenge in this post and reflect back on my actions to see what they indicated (obviously my thoughts had gotten me no where).

    For some reason "time" came to my mind. I thought how do I spent my time. Who or whom (depending on your understanding of grammar) was my time devoted?

    I once heard that time is our spiritual commodity. If this is true, I have squandered it shamelessly.

    I won't share my time illumination with you ( certainly I would not have space for it; but the pain of sharing that would be enormous). I'm not even sure I am ready for that level of truth in me yet. So let's just say, I fall so short when it comes to giving others my time. I try to make myself available when my family needs me; but when I am in the middle of a project, I really do not want to be disturbed. I even picture myself with a "Do not disturb sign."

    So obviously, I frequently put my projects above my family. I have been feeling tugs in my spirit regarding this also. But I had been rationalizing these tugs away. I can see now that I was actually quenching the Holy Spirit. Please pray for me.

    Sheryl, I will join you in this weeks goal "I will meditate on (and try to memorize) Philippians 2:3. And at least one time each day, I will make a conscious effort to put someone else's need ahead of mine."

    "In what ways have you acted selfishly this past week?"
    I have given my personal projects more weight than my family.

    "What does “humility of mind” mean to you and how does one achieve it?"
    I think I can only achieve this through Christ in me. Being one with God. "Jesus is in The father and we are in Christ, and He is in us." It is only when I am truly surrendered and waiting on Him that I can operate in humility of mind. Otherwise, no matter how much works I put into trying to be humble...I fall short.

    "In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you." John 14:20

    Thank you for this challenge Sheryl. This has been an eye opener for me. Please ask me how I did regarding your goals and challenge.

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    1. Good insight, Barbara. I can so relate! I am very selfish with my time, something I have repeatedly asked God to help me with. So let's add this issue to our list of things we can pray for each other! ;)

      You asked me to ask you on how you're doing on this challenge. Perhaps we can drop by this page in a week to touch base with each other about our progress. I could use a lot more accountability on this, too, Barbara. So shall we meet in one week?

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    2. I really appreciate your post today. I too am self-performance driven. In the past I was extremely resentful of local business competition. Today, with God's Grace, I have learned to be greatful for God's blessings for our business and I celebrate the business accomplishements of others.

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  2. I copied and pasted my and Barbara's progress (with permission) from the Coffee with Sheryl's website:

    November 21, 2013 (mine)
    It's a few hours early, but I wanted to make sure I kept my appointment with you, Barbara. How did you do with your goal?

    Making a commitment to "at least one time each day, make a conscious effort to put someone else's need ahead of mine" helped me. Knowing I would be reporting back to you on my progress gave me the motivation to follow through most days. Several times when I felt tired (or selfish with my time), I denied "self" and put Bert or someone else's needs ahead of me and my needs.

    I certainly need to make this a regular habit! I constantly recognized my selfish nature which I am so quick to cater to.

    Looking forward to hearing about your progress!


    BarbaraNovember 21, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    I didn't do so well. I did it the first day, but it seemed to take up most of my day. If it were just for an hour or so I could better do it. However, before I saw your notice on the "Immediate goals" link I was interrupted and gladly stopped what I was doing to spend time with someone else. So, this makes two times this week I put someone else first. I definitely need to do more of this.

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