"So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves."
“Godly Fear Humbles”
What is the encouragement?
First, it is that all can be saved regardless of background, aptitude, sin, or family history. When we are saved, we are saved by grace, and grace implies "in spite of." We are saved in spite of so much! That is great encouragement.
Is there any comfort from love?
Absolutely! And there is eternal comfort from the love of God. Paul is helping the Philippians connect the dots between what they've received and what they owe. In Romans 13:8, Paul writes, "Owe no one anything, except to love each other." That is the shorthand version of what he's saying here in Philippians 2. If you're encouraged by Christ's salvation, if you've received any comfort from the Father's love, if the Spirit's empowering presence dwells in you, go all the way in the Christian experience-this is what he's urging them to do when he says "complete my joy"-by living in unity with each other, loving each other, and working together to exalt Christ.
Do nothing from...
No matter what you do, no matter where you go, no matter what you're a part of, what he says after those three words cannot be a motivating factor for Christians. Ever.The first forbidden motivation is "selfish ambition." Nothing must be done from a place of selfish ambition. So woe to us if we're thinking, "Well, they're making this amount of money, so I've gotta make that amount of money." Woe to us if we're thinking, "They're at this level of happiness, so I've gotta be a little bit happier than them. If they live in a big house, I've gotta have a bigger house." It's not just keeping up with the Joneses, as sinful as that is-it's living in such a way as to say, "In your face, Joneses!"
There is no room for selfish pride in the Kingdom of Heaven. God's glory takes up too much room ;)
*These devos are taken from Matt Chandler's book, To Live is Christ To Die is Gain.