True Royalty

3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others (Philippians 2).

The word “selfishness” comes from one word to describe someone who is busy with “self-promotion and electioneering.”  The phrase “empty conceit” is translated from a word meaning “self-deceit or vainglory.”   To counteract such an attitude, Paul uses the word “regard,” which comes from the root word meaning “the command or authority of a monarch.”  Thus, Paul is using a play on words to emphasize what true royalty is: serving others.

He is saying something like: “If you want to act like a real monarch, do so by commanding yourself serve others.”  Jesus said it Himself: 25… ‘The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who have authority over them are called ‘Benefactors.’  26 But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant” (Matthew 20:25-26).

Lord, teach us that true royalty is to serve rather than to be served.  Keep our eyes open This Day for opportunities to show our royal blood.  Amen.