The Interests of Others--by Kimberly B. Southall

"I'm going to do what I want to. If they don't like it, that's their problem." Have you ever heard anyone say something like that? Or have you ever thought that to yourself? Many times there isn't anything wrong with doing what you like to do. We all like to enjoy ourselves. But the attitude expressed above is one of selfishness–one of not caring what his or her actions might mean for another person. And that is wrong. God's Word teaches us that our own needs and wants aren't all we should be concerned about:

Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4 (NIV)

When you pursue the things you are interested in, remember to give the needs of others consideration, too. It is also important to consider the interests of others before deciding not to do something. Sometimes you might not really want to do a certain task because it isn't something you enjoy doing, but your doing that task would be very helpful for others. The Bible clearly says to look to the interests of others. In fact, if you are to be like Jesus, then you will consider others even more:

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Philippians 2:3 (NIV)

Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. 1 Corinthians 10:24 (NIV)

That's the attitude Jesus had when He died on the cross for your sins. He considered your needs to be more important than His own. (Read about this in the Bible at Philippians 2:5-11).

Do your best to look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others–just like Jesus.

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