It’s been said that there are two types of people in the world. I’m not talking about the “Haves” and “Have Nots” or introverts and extroverts. There are “Here I am!” people and “There you are!” people. The “Here I am!” people walk into a room with a look-at-me attitude and a mouth full of their accomplishments. But “There you are!” people walk into a room and immediately show genuine interest in somebody else. They inquire about and ask questions to really get to know someone, to make a deep connection. God is in the business of turning “Here I am!” Christians into “There you are!” Christians.
In today’s passage, Paul reminds the Philippians they are to treat one another with humility and love, just like Jesus. He begins in verse one with four rhetorical questions reminding the Philippian Christians that, since they have received these things, what follows is how they must behave. Paul says that his joy is complete when believers live in unity with one another (v. 2). But how are they to do that? By becoming “There you are!” people.
Paul says that unity comes when each person cares less about themselves and more about the people around them (v. 3). Being humble is a daily choice to give glory to God and credit to others for our accomplishments. It is seeing others as Christ sees you, as someone who has value and importance. One of the best ways you can value one another is by caring about what other people care about (v. 4). Perhaps that means taking an interest in someone else’s hobby or maybe it is really trying to understand someone else’s background and situation. Whatever it may be, try being humble like Jesus and become a “There you are!” person the next time you go somewhere.
>> Which type of person are you? Read the next seven verses as Paul describes the attitude Christ had when coming to earth. Allow Him to be your guide on the road to humility.
When we fix our eyes on You, humility follows naturally. When we are attentive to You, we can’t help but be changed. Seen through Your eyes, others are deeply valuable and intriguing. Keep our eyes on You!