Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. ( Philippians 2:3 )
The last part of this Greek verse is hard to fully capture in English, but I think the ESV nails it.
The Greek word translated humility is tapeinophrosune. Thayer’s lexicon states that it is “a deep sense of one’s moral littleness.”
So, as I go about my day minute to minute, fully realizing how little I am, how far short of the mark I come, I count other people more significant than myself.
When I take a good, long, honest stare into the mirror, I am overwhelmed at how hard that actually is.
In my thoughts, in my plans, in my speech, my actions, to always be thinking “this person is more significant than I am, I need to structure my thoughts, my emotions, my plans, my words, my actions with the express intent of serving them.”
Does that include that coworker who just cheated you out of a promotion?
That person who just cut you off at an intersection?
That spouse you just had the blowout argument with?
That person who you’ve never been able to forgive?
Count all those people as more significant than myself, and mean it, and show it through my actions?
Yes, says Paul, for that is exactly what Jesus did when He walked the Earth. And as verse 5 notes, we can only do this because of Christ and through Christ, by taking on the mind of Christ as we live day to day.