Whew. What a reading we have today. I do not know about you, but this one makes me think hard about what it means to be a Christian.
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus." (verses 3-5)
In America there is a lot of talk of individual rights. Now do not get me wrong, I think the Bill of Rights is a wonderful document and I am very supportive of it. But sometimes I think people play "their rights" card too frequently and perhaps for the wrong reason. The verses above remind us that Jesus humbled himself. He gave up his rights in order to obey God and serve people. Like Christ, Christians are called to have a servant's attitude - serving out of love for God and others. Often people, not you but other people I know, excuse selfishness, pride, or evil by claiming their rights. They think, "I can cheat on this test because I deserve to pass," or "I can spend all this money on myself - I worked hard for it." We are called to have a different attitude, one that enables us to lay aside our rights in order to serve others. If we say we follow Christ, we must accept His teachings into our lives and attempt to live as He lived.
Let me close by calling your attention to the last part of the verses given above. The part about our attitude. As we follow Christ and grow our servant attitude, we are called to do this service out of love and not out of guilt or fear. To me the act of being a servant is much easier than doing that act with love in my heart. Remember, each of us can choose our attitude. We can approach life expecting to be served or you can look for opportunities to serve. Today's reading is a great reminder for us all.
Wishing you the best in your walk with Christ,