In the Interests of Others (Philippians 2:4)

“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”  – Philippians 2:4
I think it’s important to notice that this verse says to “look out for”. We are to look out for not only our own interests but the interests of others. What does it mean to “look out for”? To “look out for” means to keep a watchful eye upon something. While meditating on this verse and praying to the Lord asking him to speak to me, other verses came to mind. When thinking on the topic of looking out for the interests of others, as well as ourselves, Romans 15:1-2 complements this verse quite well. Romans 15:1-2 says, “We then who are strong ought to bear with scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification.”. When we are walking with the Lord, we are strong because Christ makes us strong even though we are weak. The people of the world are weak because they rely on the world for their strength. Romans 15:1 says, that those who are strong ought to bear with the weak, and not in a way that pleases ourselves. The verse continues to encourage believers to please their neighbor for his own good (not our own good, not to lift up ourselves), leading them to edification. I love how Philippians 2:4 tells us to “look out for” because, this informs me that I must be looking to edify my neighbor at all times. I must also be looking out for the interests of others, not just myself. I believe this concept is app liable to everyone’s life and walk with the Lord. We are all apart of one body, a body of many parts (1 Corinthians 12). Your neighbor is a part of the body, and when he is weak the whole body knows and can feel the loss. If the other parts of the body focused on edifying and building up that part of the body, it would become strong. Sometimes we think we can carry all the weights that the world throws on our flesh but, we can’t carry it alone. We need to give those weights to Jesus, and help carry the weights of our neighbors so they dont fall behind. I need to look out for weakness among my teammates, and then help them carry those weights in order for our whole body, our whole team, to run full speed with endurance this race of faith that God has put before us.

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