In yesterday’s devotional I encouraged you to do what Paul says here: “in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3).
How’d you do?
If you’re like me, you did really well right up until the point that you got out of bed.
It’s just hard . . . really hard.
Sometimes it goes against everything within you, and it seems to require extraordinary effort to make it through a few hours.
If that’s true, what are our chances of making it a way of life?
The key—though it’s not a magic pill, of course—is in the same paragraph:
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5).
Some Bibles translate it passively—“Let this mind be in you”—but it should almost certainly be active:
“Have this attitude in yourselves” (NASB).
“Have the same attitude of mind” (TNIV).
“You must have the same attitude” (NLT).
In other words, choose to have this attitude, because it won’t come naturally.
But how can you consistently choose the right attitude when the opposite is so much easier?
I think the answer is in the last part of the verse: “which is yours in Christ Jesus.”
We find the selfless attitude as we get closer to Christ.
We think about the needs of others in direct proportion to how much we think about the Lord.
I think it works like this: the more time we spend with Jesus, who always thought about others, the less we think about self and the more outward-focused we become.
So let’s try it again today.
Count others more significant than yourself.
Choose that attitude as you go to work or school, interact with your kids or spouse, or deal with difficult people.
Only this time, take your mind back to Christ as often as you can—the attitude you’re wanting, the selfless, other-focused, attitude—is yours, but it’s yours in Christ.
As you focus on him you’ll find yourself loving the people around you more.