Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interest of others.Philippians 2: 3-4
Approval is very seductive. What is your motivation for doing something for others? Is it to get noticed, appreciated, respected, feel better about yourself? Is it conditional; expecting a response? Philippians says do NOTHING out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. By doing something just because you are loved and forgiven is truly freeing. This does not mean not taking care of yourself but it means taking care of yourself in such a way that the love you have received overflows by considering unselfishly the needs of others. Helping others does make us feel better but as was said earlier, that feeling is very seductive and can lead down a path of a self focused and unfulfilled life.
Dear Father ,
Thank you so much for sending your son into this world to take upon Himself our sin. Nothing He did was out of selfish ambition or to get attention but instead to point others to you. Teach us Lord to see how much we are loved so that when we do something for others it points them to you. Help us to consider our motivation for giving, helping, and offering advice. Teach us to be quick to listen and slow to speak. Forgive us when we often seek the approval of man rather than you. Remind us that when we are rejected by others, you will never leave us or forsake us. Draw us to the promises of your Word daily that remind us who we are and whose we are. Thank you dear Jesus that even when we do things for the wrong reason you forgive us and draw us back into your holy presence in repentance. Change us dear Lord to be more like you every day.
In Jesus name, AMEN.