It’s never easy to think of someone else’s needs and desires ahead of your own, especially when you live in close proximity with those people. We feel like we have to look out for our own needs, or no one will. But if we truly believe God can and does care for our needs, one of the ways we show that belief is by putting others first.
Read Philippians 2:1-4.
- What does it mean to consider someone “more significant than” yourself (Phil. 2:3)?
- Is there one area of your life in which you particularly struggle with this? Why do you think you struggle in that area?
- Where can we find the kind of motivation we need to truly consider others better than ourselves?
Read Philippians 2:5-8.
- Why might thinking about Jesus Christ lead to the kind of humility Paul described?
- Though culture often views humility as a weakness, in what ways did Jesus’ humility convey and require strength?
- What do you think it feels like to be part of a church that cares for one another like Paul describes here?
Taking it Home:
- What are the primary obstacles to living out this passage?
- How might you remind yourself daily of the character of Christ this week?
- Thinking about the relationships in your life, how can you consider others to be more important than yourself?
Other Scriptures to Engage with this week:
Proverbs 3:13-27; Zephaniah 2:1-11; Obadiah 1:1-9; Proverbs 16:1-9; Jeremiah 9; Isaiah 32:9-20.