“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others” – Philippians 2:4
Are you someone who likes to be acknowledged for the work “you” do? Do you treat others as if they are not important? Do you make it a personal goal in all you do to make sure you outshine others? Do you take credit for a project that involved the help of other people?
When selfishness, arrogance and conceit are at work, there will be discord, contention and tension that can be felt. Paul the apostle in this text focuses on these issues, which was, and still is a problem within the church - issues that needed to be addressed: selfishness, arrogance and conceit.
The Word of God teaches us that we are not to use our gifts, talents, education and wealth to make ourselves seem more important, more powerful or better than others.
Every man's gift, talent and vocational skill, no matter how little, are needed to work on pieces of a project and to successfully complete the project together. Regardless of who they are, what they look like, and where they came from, we are to recognize the worth and valuableness of others, regardless of how little or unimportant they may seem.
When working with individual persons or special project teams, view and value the abilities and contributions of all to be just as important as yours. The end result of all you accomplish together as a team, should not be to outshine your team members, but rather to acknowledge your team members – those who helped to make what you set out to do together, a success.
By Gale Henderson. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.