Verse of the Day – Nov. 17, 2023

Verse of the Day – Nov. 17, 2023

November 17, 2023 – Friday 

Philippians 2:3-4       NKJV 

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.  

Philippians 2: 3-4      NET 

Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not onlyabout your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. 

Comments 

Yesterday we looked at verses 1-2 along with the last four verses from chapter one. Today while looking at verses 3-4, here they are with verses 1-2 in the NKJV with the inserted title, “Unity Though Humility” which I think is quite fitting, Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 

Look how closely the NET mirrors the NKJV for verses 3-4, Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. 4 Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.  

My first reaction to verses 3-4 was, this must have been what Jesus was addressing in Matthew 7:21-23 (NKJV), 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’Motivated by selfish ambition, only interested in their own interests, not about the interests of others, these are those Jesus will tell, I never knew you; depart from Me!  

Included the New English Translation today because of an insightful note after not according to selfish ambition. The note reads, There is no main verb in this verse; the subjunctive φροντε (phronēte, “be of the same mind”) is implied here as well. Thus, although most translations supply the verb “do” at the beginning of verse 3 (e.g., “do nothing from selfish ambition”), the idea is even stronger than that: “Don’t even think any thoughts motivated by selfish ambition.” This made me remember Jesus’ admonishment about adultery in Matthew 5:28 (NKJV), 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. And also Mark 11:25 when He said (NKJV), 25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. There are no ifs, ands, or buts there it simply is if you have anything against anyone, forgive him. And that is followed by the warning, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.  

We are not to do for others out of any selfish ambition, instead sincerely seek to help others. Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit know our hearts. They know if we are acting out of selfish ambition or vanity, they know if we are lusting in our hearts, and they know if we are truly forgiving others. Self-examination is key here as we want to lie to ourselves and deny our ambition, our lusts, and our lack of forgiveness.  

Bottom Line: Look into our hearts and see the truth about what we are doing and the why of it as well. We may as well know, after all God knows.   

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Help us to look into our hearts and see clearly what is there. Help us to act appropriately, honoring You with our thoughts and actions. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

RileyD, nwJ       

Riley D. Driver – Pastor    

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