The Appeal

Jack Roeda

READ : Philippians 2:1-11

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. (v. 3)

Does anyone live like this? “To look not to our own interests, but to the interests of others.” It’s not done, is it?

Paul knows that the life he describes does not come to us naturally or even by trying hard. He bases his appeal on the assumption that we have a richly satisfying life in God, that we know what it is to be encouraged in Christ, consoled by the Father’s love, and in fellowship with the Spirit (v. 1). This is what frees us from the all-consuming need to look out for ourselves.

On an airplane, a flight attendant will instruct the passengers what to do in an emergency. Few pay attention, but there is one bit of advice that is eminently worthwhile. We’re told that if there is a lowering of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead. We are first to put the oxygen mask over our own mouth and nose, and then assist our children. We’re no good to our children or anyone else if we are gasping for air ourselves.

As Christians we are to first breathe in deeply the powerful love of the triune God; this frees us to then give our attention to others.


Dear God, show us your love that we may be satisfied. Amen.