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Giving Preference To Others

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, Philippians 2:4-6 (NKJV)

In the book of Romans we are told to be kindly affectionate to one another, or to show brotherly love towards them.  This love is also to be without hypocrisy.  One of the ways we can show true brotherly love is in honor giving preference to one another (Rom. 12:10).  After all, if we are truly devoted to one another in brotherly love, then we will have no problem respectfully giving preference to one another as a result.  When we sow this with a proper heart of humility and genuine love, then we are actually honoring to them.

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Philippians 2:3 (NKJV)

When we honor another believer by giving preference to them, we are showing our appreciation to them.  Our appreciation should stem from the fact they are fellow Christians and are therefore part of our own body (cf. 1 Cor. 12), and we are simply imitating Jesus’ example of living a life of humility.  For even though Jesus, was in very nature God, He did not consider equality with God something to be grasped (Phil. 2:4-6).  And even though He rightfully possessed equality with the Father and deserved to be served, He chose instead to serve others—in honor giving preference to them.

And this is the way we should be with our fellow believers as well—we do have equality with them through our relationship with Christ, but we choose to give preference to them, as if we were doing it for the Lord.  We see this type of humility being instructed in 1 Peter 5:5.

…all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for  “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5 (NKJV)

Notice we are instructed to clothe ourselves.  This word, clothe is a rare word, and it is referring to a slave who puts on their apron before they serve others.  Maybe this is why the Apostle Paul could rightfully refer to himself as a bondservant (bondslave) of Jesus Christ.  And maybe we should do the same.

I want to encourage you today to gird yourself with humility and choose to serve others as if it were the Lord.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the scriptures with regard to giving preference to one another, and serving them in the way Jesus did?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you looking for opportunities to serve others, or for them to serve you?

APPLICATION: Let’s ask God to bring us opportunities to serve others today, and when we serve them, let’s do it as unto the Lord, and not as unto man.

Father, thank You for being such an example to us.  Thank You Jesus for coming and serving us in love and compassion.  Father, continue to change our hearts to be more like Your Son.  Help us to see the opportunities today, and to not fall for the temptation to say no because we feel we are too busy.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott





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