Phl 2:3 [Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves.
Again Paul is trying to encourage us to have the mind of God and he’s trying to getmore specific now so he starts to talk about “when you and your brothers and your sisters get together,” he says, “Don’t let anything be done that will promote, induce,or bring up
.” When you and I get involved in the spirit of competition, you will notice that it typically brings up either strife or vain glory. Italways brings up strife—strife is contention, a battle, somebody trying to win, and tocause somebody else to lose so that God says, “Let nothing be done in strife.” If there’s anything that the people of God participate in that will help bring up this spiritof strife, He says, “Let nothing be done in such a manner.” But then He said, also, “invainglory.” A lot of times, because of the flesh, when individuals begin to take that ball, and theykind of shake somebody out, and then
and then slam dunk, there’s atendency to rise up vainglory. When an individual runs down that thing, and heregoes somebody trying to pass them, and all of a sudden
they tacklethem down and lay them down on the ground, there’s that tendency to rise upvainglory. You can pick the sport, I don’t care if you’re throwing a bowling ball downa bowling alley and at one minute it curves over here, and —
— knocks downall the pins, here comes that same spirit of vainglory. Here it is that while God istrying to cause man to die to self that he may live for Christ, we are participating inthings that build up self and remove Christ.What Paul was trying to show us; Paul understood human nature.In
Testimonies to the Church
, volume four, page sixty-seven, under the subjectCoworkers With Christ, the servant of the Lord says, that when we are doingEvangelism, that we are told that we ought to study two things: the human mind, andhuman nature. And she says on page sixty-eight, that as a result of individuals notunderstanding the human mind or human nature:
Where they only won one soul for Christ, they could have won twenty, hadthey understood the human mind and human nature
. 4T page 67.You and I have to understand the human mind. When we do certain things, it has atendency to build up self and this is why the Lord pulls us away from thesecompetitive sports.
Phl 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on thethings of others.
Do you notice that he’s trying, to consistently show us this selflessness, this removalof self. Just getting out of self, and focusing on others, and focusing on Christ. Doyou see that? He’s constantly repeating that, do you see that coming out?Paul saw these Philippians struggle and they’re still not getting it. Paul saw it, hesaid, “They’re still not getting it.” He’s trying to explain, he’s trying to give counsel,