Theme:  Living Stones

by Jason Pate & Parker Windle

3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”   (Philippians 2:3-4, NIV)

As newborn babies we are dependent for everything. We need someone else to feed us, clothes us, clean us, make us happy…. As we grow and learn, we become more independent. Out of our independence comes selfishness. We begin to think only of our needs and desires and spend a majority of our time trying to fulfill our own happiness.

As a young parent, I have seen this in my children. I have also learned what it means to become selfless and put others needs before my own. If the baby is crying and I am hungry too, guess who eats first? That’s right, the baby!

I wish that this was true in all my relationships. However, outside of my family, I rarely put others needs before my own. I am also ashamed to admit, that at times I don’t believe others deserve my time or attention, maybe they have wronged me, or maybe they are strangers. However, this is not how we are called to live.

This is obviously not what Paul teaches:

3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.  (Philippians 2:3-4 ,NLT)

I avoid eye contact with the man begging for change on the street, instead of offering to buy him lunch and praying for him.

It seems so much easier to gossip about the smelly student in class, when I could easily provide him with clean clothes and deodorant.

How often have I seen a stranger at church, but because I’m a little shy, I remain comfortably seated on my favorite pew and talk to my friends?

Why do I insist on taking the closest parking spot at church so I can get into the cool air conditioned building quickly instead of saving that spot for visitors or those who may not be physically able to walk the longer distance to the building?

What about you?

How often do you put yourself before others?

How often do you put yourself before your church family?

How often do you put yourself before God desires?

We can’t obey God’s Word if we continue to put ourselves before the needs of our church family and the desires of God.

This week ask God to reveal any selfish areas in your life.

Seek out ways to be selfless. Find ways to act selflessly in your community and among your church family.

Family Connection: Living Stones

Are you living a life that is acceptable to the Lord?

Read Romans 12:1-2 and think about areas in your life that may not be acceptable to the Lord. As a family pray for these areas in your life and allow God total control                       over those situations.





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