Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit,
but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
I should get this verse tattooed on my forehead so that every time I look in the mirror I’m reminded not to be a selfish moron.
If I’m absolutely honest, selfish ambition is what drives at least 82.3% of my activity at work. Waaaaaaaaay too often, I focus exclusively on what’s best for me. Not the company. Not my boss. Not my co-workers. Not our customers. Me. Me. Me.
Thank God for Jesus. He showed us a far better way . . .
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant.
Let some of the words from the above verses percolate in you for a moment. No selfish ambition. Think of others as better. Made himself nothing. Servant. Humility.
A famous business author named Jim Collins once had a research team dig through mountains of facts and data to determine exactly what distinguishes great companies from merely good ones. What they found is that it all comes down to leadership and that the #1 trait a great leader must possess is . . . humility.
Want to be a great leader? I humbly suggest you follow Jesus. Just in case you’re like me and need a little extra reminding, here’s one more verse:
he must be the very last,
and the servant of all.