December 9, 2008

Interest Groups

Philippians 2:3-4
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.
Follow up note: right on the heels of saying it does not matter if Christ is preached through selfish ambition, Paul tells us to "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition." They're both true. In other words, don't preach Christ through selfish ambition, but if Christ is preached through selfish ambition, don't condemn it, but celebrate it.

Here, the point is, it's not about how you look or making yourself look good when others see you.

Then, Paul tells us we are to look out for the interests of others. This is in addition to looking out for our own interests ("not only ... also"). Our own interests come naturally, so he does not need to remind us of that. Although, just because our own interests come naturally doesn't mean it's always easy.

Two two are not mutually exclusive. It's possible to look out for both yourself and others.

Looking out for the interests of others is the essential to good leadership. And just as it's not always easy to look out for our own interests, it can be even more challenging to see things in the lives of others that most people including themselves simply easily overlook.

That is, when something doesn't affect me, as a leader, I can't stop there and say, "I'm safe." I have to continue the thought process and run it through additional filters of other groups things might affect. It's a lot of work!

Tim
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