“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others”.
Every philosophy of the world tells you to care about yourself first. Why should it matter who is standing in the bus as long as you’re sitting? If you have enough to eat and drink, why should you care if others are hungry?
But the bible tells us to live selflessly; to care first about others before ourselves.
Although the backdrop of Phillipians 2: 5-10 is the salvation story, there is a lot we can learn from it about living selflessly.
The text admonishes us to have to have the mind of Christ who although he was God, “made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Phil 2:7-8).
If God himself could put you first, who are you not to put others first? The reason why you are not doomed to eternal damnation, is because God cared more about your eternal destination than His reputation.
The same way he laid down his life for you, you should be able to lay down your life for the brethren.
Paul gave an example of the Macedonian church in 2 Cor 8. They were very poor, yet out of their deep poverty, they gave liberally towards the needs of the saints.
Are you selfless in your giving? Putting the needs of others above yours is beyond a kingdom habit you must imbibe. It’s your nature.
You bear fruits consistent with the nature of your born again spirit when you put others first.