Like Jesus: Mission Not Mine

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

Yesterday, we talked about Paul’s upside-down command to think of others as better than ourselves. In other words, part of our mission in life is to make other people successful. This verse takes that a step further — “look to” others’ interests.

steps_350We’re not necessarily talking about appreciating each others’ hobbies or music playlists here. We’re talking about getting practical about what it means to love another person as we love ourselves.

It’s a two-step process. One: Take the time to really think through, ask about, and understand what another person wants and needs out of life right now. Two: Make a plan to do something about it. (Read the “Do” line below to get even more specific.)

Think: Who in your life has made it their business to help you with your “interests,” to be available to help you accomplish what you need to do with your time and energy? Why do they do that for you?

Pray: Ask God to help you want to help other people with their interests, as well as taking care of your own stuff.

Do: Make three lists. On the first, list you “interests;” not what you like, but what you need to do and figure out and accomplish this week. Now pick two other people (parents, friends, etc.), and make the same list for them. Finally, take those lists to them and ask what else is on their plates.