(Optional Reading: Philippians 2:2-4)
Have you ever heard the phrase, “I’m just looking out for number one”? This phrase is all based on a mentality of keeping yourself the focus and benefactor of your life. If something is worth doing it better be beneficial to you.
Paul writes in Philippians 2:2-4:
“…complete my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, being united, and agreeing with each other. Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others as better than yourselves. Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others.”
What is your focus in life? Are you looking out for number one or are you possibly looking out for number two? Paul calls us to unite in love and care for others. This is also shown to us through the life of Jesus. Jesus gave up everything, even to the point of his own life, for the sake of others. If Jesus was just looking out for number one, where would we be today?
I think we will also discover that when we begin to look out for who matters and live within this selfless mindset of Christ, number one will be taken care of. We will live a life of fulfillment and great joy. Who are you looking out for? Are you looking out for number one or for who matters?
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever.