Reading over Phillipians 2 I can’t help but observe Paul’s selflessness in this time, Paul was telling the Church of Philippi that he was sending two people that he had with him, to them. At this time Paul was imprisoned and sending them his main support, leaving himself alone during this hardship. When we think about the selflessness that Paul showed, in wanting to encourage the Philippians by sending them these people, we can really see how much he learnt from Jesus, who took the ultimate selfless act when he surrendered himself on the cross. Whether you have been following Christ for your whole life or only recently, we want to remember the sacrifice that Jesus made that day on the cross. The burden of our sin that was placed on him, so that we, the sinful, may know our heavenly father. His body was broken for us, his blood that was poured out for us. We are able to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection because He first sacrificed Himself and we are able to be filled with the Holy Spirit because of this also. Whilst we are able to celebrate the joy of both these things, they do not diminish the pain and suffering that Jesus had to first endure.
Selfishness is deeply rooted within us as humans but we are called beyond this, we are called to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, just as Paul was. So what does this mean for us today?
In luke 9:23 it says, “Then [Jesus] said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Notice the word daily? It’s not just follow me today, not when it's convenient, not just when we have something to gain but daily. Everyday. Jesus wants us to follow Him, to live as he lived, to live a selfless life daily. This means to act in love, not just when we feel people deserve it but always.
So how can we act out in love today, how can we discard our selfish desires to help others?