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Video:What Interests You?

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What Interests You?

“Not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of  others.“ Philippians 2:4  It does seem that advertising is built on a principle of what interests us. If they could find what interests us and then convince us that we must have it, we buy. If an advertiser can peak our […]

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Video: How Do Others Matter?

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How Do Others Matter?

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.“ Philippians 2:3  What we say about and see in others conveys what is in our heart. Usually what we distaste in others is the very thing we may also dislike about ourselves. When we begin each relationship with what we value […]

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Video: What’s Your Story

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What’s Your Story

What’s Your Story? “Therefore, if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” Philippians 2:1-2 We all have stories of […]

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Video: Struggling Together

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Struggling Together

“Since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.“ Philippians 1:30  

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Video: How to Handle Suffering

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How to Handle Suffering

“For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him.“   Philippians 1:29    No one enjoys talking about suffering, and there are no classes taught on how to suffer in a world that is filled with prosperity. There are many people however who suffer […]

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Video: Conduct

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Conduct

“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.“  Philippians 1:27  Paul is giving his followers advice on how to conduct themselves and find life in Christ. He is saying no matter what happens to us there is a way to respond, and our responses are being watched. How we react or […]

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A Reason to Boast

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A Reason to Boast

“So that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.“ Philippians 1:26  Paul was saying that others were going to boast in Christ because of his input in their lives. His confidence was not in Paul but what Christ was doing through Him. He even knew […]

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Video: Helping Others Progress

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The Gift of Selflessness
Written by Drew Paden


"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interest but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus."
Philippians 2: 3-5

In a world that constantly preaches on capturing the "American Dream," and becoming "successful," it is easy to lose sight of a gift such as selflessness. While selflessness in the form of personal ambition and interests is a fruitful gift and one that we are called to have, we often forget about selflessness in our relationships.

In this passage from Philippians 2, Paul urges the church in Philippi to strip off selfishness in all areas of their life. It is easy to hone in on our visible actions, and material possessions but the Bible repeatedly gives us valuable wisdom on how to be selfless with them. But what does it mean to have this in relationships? Paul tells us right here: "value others above yourselves," and have the "same mindset as Christ Jesus." When you value the people in your life more than you value your own, your relationship with them is not affected by the bad days you have, or how you are feeling at the moment. It is not about what YOU want or need, but what THEY want and need and this is having the mindset of Jesus. He did not need to leave paradise to redeem the world, but We needed Him to. He displayed the ultimate sign of selflessness in His relationship with us.
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Our earthly relationships will grow and flourish when we live this way, but in our relationship with Jesus, it is a necessity. We cannot allow whatever we have done, and whatever is currently happening in our daily lives, to influence what is true every day. Jesus gave the sacrifice that never stops giving, and never changes. We have to build and develop our relationship with Him based on what He has done, and what He is doing, not the other way around. Having a selfless relationship with Jesus is to love and meet Him every day, because every day He is waiting to love and meet YOU.
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