In Another’s Shoes

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:3-5)

Where you’re going is important to you. You want, you need, to get “there.” But where the next guy is going is important to him. If in getting to your destination you cut off, trample, and run the other guy off the road, you may have gotten quickly to your destination, but you will have fallen far short of God’s goal. Consideration is essential to having the mind of Christ.

To have the mind of Christ is to enter into another’s orbit. It is to take into consideration what they think and feel and desire. Jesus had the mind of the Father. He is the perfect example of honoring God.

The Father would have us walk in the Spirit of His Son. When we do so we are not seeking our own things, but the things of another (1 Cor. 10:24; Phil. 2:21). Such a life is completely antithetical to the natural “me-first” attitude common among men. Being renewed in the spirit of our mind involves developing the supernatural attitude that Christ possessed.

Selfishness dies hard. True selflessness is an acquired habit gained through taking up our cross daily and following our Master. Such sacrifice is not an automatic propensity in the finest saint; it is a continual, conscious choice to “put on Christ.”

Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.