Christians should always want whatever God considers to be best for the other people in their lives. That attitude should be even stronger than our selfish desire to benefit ourselves. It caused Paul shock when groups of Christians argued in order to establish their own importance (1 Corinthians 1:10-13). He warned strongly against leaders who cared only to impress people and to gain power for themselves (2 Corinthians 11:12-15). He knew that God wanted him to be humble, and to care for even the weakest people (1 Corinthians 9:19-22).
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New Testament: Philippians 2:19-3:3
Summary: Timothy and Epaphroditus
For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
~ Philippians 2:20-21
Many other people, including many church leaders, care too much about themselves. Paul had even seen that some people declare the gospel, the message about Christ, for their own advantage (1:15-18). Sometimes that kind of attitude seems almost natural to us, as if everyone thinks like that. However, God does have some loyal people, like Timothy, who have a different attitude. Those people choose not to think about what they want for themselves; instead, they care deeply about what Christ wants. So of course it is their sincere desire to obey Christ in everything. That attitude causes them to care about other people, because God cares for those people. They have learnt the true meaning of God’s command that they should love other people (Luke 10:25-37). So with glad and willing hearts, they help other people whenever God gives them the opportunity.
Php 3:2 Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh.
evildoers. The Judaizers prided themselves on being workers of righteousness. Yet Paul described their works as evil, since any attempt to please God by one’s own efforts and draw attention away from Christ’s accomplished redemption is the worst kind of wickedness.
J Vernon Mcgee – Thru the Bible