Text: :“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory: but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every men on his own things but everyman also on the things of others let this mind be in you, which was in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 2:3-5.
Comment: A person who does things through strife or vain glory, struggles or fights for position, in a bid to be in authority and thereby shine before people, is a proud person. That is vain glory. Some persons donate big amounts at fund raising events, not that they have such money or are willing to give such an amount but just to impress people. Some people struggle to get high academic qualification, not with the mind of using it to promote the work of God or improve public welfare but just to get praise and the opportunity to exploit others. Such attitudes stem from pride and will not have the blessing of God. Lowliness of mind implies a condition in which a person of high social standing mixes easily with those of a lower degree. He is ready to learn from them as they also learn from him. “Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate...” - Romans 12:16.
We should not do the work of God as if we are competing with one another but work with sincerity, knowing that salvation is an individual matter. “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” (2 Corinthians 10:12) And St. Paul says we should work out our “own salvation with fear and trembling”. - Philippians 2:12.