Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Of all the churches that the Apostle Paul had connection and fellowship with, it seems that he was the most blessed by the Philippian people’s hearts. If you recall this was the only group of believers that tried to support Paul, from afar, while he was on his missionary journeys. Not only did they send him not one but two offerings while he was ministering to the hurting and lost, but he said that they would have given more hindered only because they “lacked opportunity” (Phil 4:10). This church at Philippi was a giving and loving church. Most scholars agree that this letter to them was one of Paul’s most joyful writings and what makes that so incredible is that it was written from prison. Yet here in this verse we see Paul, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, exhorting the church to “let nothing be done through strife or vainglory…” Vainglory can be defined as “empty pride or a state of pride which is without basis or justification” and this is the only time in the scriptures that it was ever used. This is quite telling of why the Philippian church was so prosperous and giving. They were open to and purely humble enough to receive a charge like this and allow it to positively affect them instead of getting offended by this command. They could have easily bowed up their hearts and thought, “How dare Paul tell us how to give and act, doesn’t he know that we are the ones who are following and supporting him!” No, they were honored to receive this opportunity to grow through a committed and loving relationship with Paul and Jesus Christ. Additionally Paul was not chastising them here, he was showing them a purity of heart connected with how the King and His Kingdom operate. He wasn’t pushing for another offering, he was truly desiring that this people be even more blessed than they were! Beloved, today, allow the Lord to speak truth to you in places you lack AND in places you excel. Jesus wants to raise the entirety of your earthly experience to a heavenly level!
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Outdo yourselves in honoring one another.
In the Love and Grace of Jesus,
Pastor Steve Cassell