We are not to do things out of selfish interests, self-centeredness or conceit. We should be humble, and put others ahead of ourselves. We should not be concerned with our own interests, but with the interests of others. Can you think of a shorter way of saying this?
Love one another. Yep, that’s the key!
OK, remember in the last session where I said that being imitators of Christ was the sign of the New Covenant?
That means that we should love our neighbor as ourselves. It doesn’t mean follow the rules, for rules are way too shallow; it means love your neighbor as yourself. If we do that, we won’t need to worry about any rules, we’ll be in no danger, for the whole Law is fulfilled if we love God and love our neighbor.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Paul continues to describe what it is like for us to be humble and “worthy of the Gospel” using in this instance the very example of Jesus Himself.