The Duty of Unselfishness
Philippians 2:21
For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.

If a vessel were on the eve of going down, what would you think if a few men were to get the boats launched, and before they were half filled, were to cut the ropes that bound them to the ship, and pull off? What would you think of such, congratulating themselves on their own escape, while leaving hundreds on board who were not aware of their danger, some of them, perhaps, sound asleep? I have heard of a man who had set fire to a mill finding he had cut off his own retreat, and appearing at a window several stories up, appealing for help. The ladder was raised in the hope of saving him, but the danger was extreme, and neither fireman nor policeman would venture. A boy was seen forcing his way to the foot of the ladder, saying, "Let me go! I'm his son, and he is my father." And when the fireman would have pushed him back, the boy earnestly repeated, "He is my father, I tell thee, and he does not love God!" and the next minute saw him climbing aloft, making every effort to save his father, and perishing in the attempt.

(J. H. Wilson, D. D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.

WEB: For they all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ.

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