“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4 (ESV)
These are fairly well known words from the apostle Paul. But what does this look like in reality, especially in the western culture’s motto of ‘me first’?
I’ll illustrate with an example. My last post mentioned that I had to move. I was so busy with all the moving that I wasn’t paying much attention to the upcoming “appointed times” of Yehovah (God’s feasts). I knew they were approaching and looked forward to them, but I forgot some of the preparation, specifically some for the time of Tabernacles (which, according to the Jewish Calendar, is going on this very week).
One of the commands of Yah (short for of Yehovah – the LORD), is that we wave some particular tree branches before Him during this holiday. One can, in most places, go out and find the required items. I like to purchase them as a set, called a “lulav” in Judaism. However, the evening before Tabernacles started I realized I had forgotten.
The next day a brother stopped by as he and his family where on their way to the synagogue. He had a spare lulav that he wanted to give me. He couldn’t stay as they were on their way to synagogue (I can’t get out much, so I wasn’t going), but he took the time and effort to bring me the lulav. I must admit I don’t remember telling him that I forgot to get mine (not even sure I did). All I can say is that this was a huge blessing that touched me deeply. He put my interests before his at that time.
That is what God wants of us, and what Paul meant with the words he penned in Philippians. It may cost a bit of time. It may cost us a bit of money. But when we notice a brother or sister that needs or can use something, and we can fill that need – do so! I didn’t ‘need’ the lulav but that was an act of love I’ll probably never forget.
So, whether the act be large or small, expensive or free, meaningful or not in your eyes, bless a brother or sister with a ‘random act of kindness‘ to put Paul’s words in today’s lingo. Not to be seen by others, but by your Father in heaven, and possibly by the recipient of the act.